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

Senior Clinical Research Associates in the United States pull down an average of $89K per year. In the world of Senior Clinical Research Associates, total cash compensation can vary between $64K and $121K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $7K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the company and location. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Senior Clinical Research Associates — 81 percent to be exact. For the most part, Senior Clinical Research Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$62,505 - $108,653
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MEDIAN: $88,713
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Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$22.29 - $91.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,505 - $108,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,220  
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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$64,019 - $120,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 892
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$22.29 - $91.94  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $112.32  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,220  
   
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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$64,019 - $120,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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)

Senior Clinical Research Associates flock to Quintiles Transnational Corp, Quintiles, Inc., Icon Clinical Research Inc, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, and Parexel International Corp, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Inventiv Health offers the largest salaries in town — $101K on average. Other leaders in compensation levels are Quintiles, Inc. at $97K, Quintiles Transnational Corp at $96K, and Parexel International Corp, where Senior Clinical Research Associates annually earn $95K.
Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $82K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $74K to $110K. Employees at PRA International, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and Parexel International Corp can also expect below-average earnings of $90K, $95K, and $95K.

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Senior Clinical Research Associates report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Cardiology, Oncology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Clinical Research are similarly competent in Project Management and Cardiology. Those proficient in Oncology are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $80K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $90K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $102K. Senior Clinical Research Associates with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $114K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in three of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 0 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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$92,000
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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. Other big spenders include Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Cincinnati, top-paying cities where Senior Clinical Research Associates see paychecks higher than average (+5 percent, +5 percent, +4 percent, and +2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Wilmington, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

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$92,000

Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

National Average
$92,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 9%