Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Senior Clinical Research Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $91K per year, with late-career workers pulling down $111K on average. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $83K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $93K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $105K. Senior Clinical Research Associates who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $111K on average. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$65,231 - $112,063
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MEDIAN: $91,235
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$31.10 - $90.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,231 - $112,063  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,104  
Profit Sharing
$121.20 - $7,213  
Total Pay (?
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$68,176 - $125,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 903
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Hourly Rate
$31.10 - $90.10  
   
Overtime
$19.23 - $110.49  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,104  
   
Profit Sharing
$121.20 - $7,213  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$68,176 - $125,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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Job Description for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Senior clinical research associates (CRAs) handle the day-to-day operations of the clinical investigative phase of drug development. They are in charge of laboratory and research duties to reach all the organizational objectives. They need to have strong analytical aptitudes and pay strict attention to detail during all clinical research. They also handle experiment inquiries and take assessment notes on a frequent basis. Most senior clinical research associates are in charge of keeping investigative reports and providing project communications.

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Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Tasks

  • Investigate cause, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission of diseases or parasites.
  • Evaluate effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.
  • Prepare and analyze organ, tissue and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms, or to study cell structure.

Common Career Paths for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


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Senior Clinical Research Associates' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Clinical Trial Manager. On average, Clinical Trial Managers get paid about the same as Senior Clinical Research Associates do. Senior Clinical Research Associates most often move into positions as Clinical Operations Managers or Clinical Project Managers. Clinical Operations Managers actually earn $24K less on average, however, and Clinical Project Managers earn $8K less per year than Senior Clinical Research Associates do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Quintiles Transnational Corp, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Quintiles, Inc., Icon Clinical Research Inc, and PRA International are top-notch employers for Senior Clinical Research Associates in this area. Inventiv Health pays the most with a median salary of $101K, though there is little variation overall ($81K to $118K). Those in search of high salaries should also consider Parexel International Corp, Quintiles Transnational Corp, and Quintiles, Inc., top-paying firms where Senior Clinical Research Associates rake in a $100K, $97K, or $97K, respectively.

Senior Clinical Research Associates will find the worst pay at Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, where the median salary crawls in at $89K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $119K, leaving little room for growth. PRA International, Icon Clinical Research Inc and Quintiles, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $94K, $96K, and $97K.

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Survey takers who work as Senior Clinical Research Associates report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Cardiology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Most people familiar with Clinical Research also know Project Management and Cardiology. Most people who know Oncology also know Cardiology and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Clinical Research Associates, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 7 percent greater than the national average. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+7 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and San Francisco (+4 percent). In Austin, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (5 percent less) and Houston (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries



National Average
$95,000



Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries



Project Management
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Clinical Research
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National Average
$95,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 10%
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