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Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (United States)

Median pay for Senior Clinical Research Associates in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $90K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Clinical Research Associates approaches anywhere from $64K on the lower end to $122K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the company and geographic location. Job satisfaction for Senior Clinical Research Associates is high. Women account for the majority of Senior Clinical Research Associates who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and a majority get vision plans, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$62,747 - $109,459
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MEDIAN: $89,510
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$23.31 - $90.60
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,747 - $109,459  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,193  
Profit Sharing
$62.50 - $7,500  
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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$64,440 - $122,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 896
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$23.31 - $90.60  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $110.49  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,193  
   
Profit Sharing
$62.50 - $7,500  
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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$64,440 - $122,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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.

Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Many Senior Clinical Research Associates can be found at Quintiles Transnational Corp, Quintiles, Inc., Icon Clinical Research Inc, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, and Parexel International Corp, firms that are at the top of the field. Inventiv Health attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $101K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Quintiles Transnational Corp, Parexel International Corp, and Quintiles, Inc., where Senior Clinical Research Associates typically earn around $97K, $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 $82K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $110K, leaving little room for growth. PRA International, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and Quintiles, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $91K, $95K, and $97K.

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Senior Clinical Research Associates who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Cardiology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. Most people experienced in Oncology also know Cardiology and Project Management. Those proficient in Clinical Research are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Cardiology.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $80K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $91K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $103K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $111K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$93,000
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Surpassing the national average by 7 percent, Senior Clinical Research Associates in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+6 percent), Atlanta (+3 percent), San Francisco (+2 percent), and Philadelphia (+1 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (8 percent lower) and Nashville (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

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$93,000

Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

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$93,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 10%