Senior Clinical Research Associates in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $98K) surpassing six figures annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career length and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Clinical Research Associates making up 73 percent. In this profession, a large number enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$69,356 - $118,634
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$69K
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MEDIAN: $98,069
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$39.45 - $87.72
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MEDIAN: $70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,356 - $118,634  
   
Bonus
$1,438 - $10,656  
Profit Sharing
$6,448  
Total Pay (?
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$71,102 - $131,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 572
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$39.45 - $87.72  
   
Overtime
$26.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,438 - $10,656  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,448  
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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$71,102 - $131,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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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For Senior Clinical Research Associates, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Clinical Research Associates earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Clinical Trial Manager. Senior Clinical Research Associates most frequently advance into Clinical Operations Manager and Clinical Project Manager roles even though the median salaries are $28K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Senior Clinical Research Associates flock to Quintiles, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, Quintiles Transnational Corp, and Parexel International Corp, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at Parexel can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $121K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Covance, Inc at $118K, Johnson & Johnson at $117K, and Quintiles, Inc., where Senior Clinical Research Associates annually earn $108K.

Other low-paying employers include Icon Clinical Research Inc at $96K and Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc at $98K, though some Senior Clinical Research Associates there earn up to $120K.

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Senior Clinical Research Associates report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Oncology, Cardiology, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Most people familiar with Clinical Research also know 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.


For Senior Clinical Research Associates, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $88K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $99K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $109K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $115K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,018

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Clinical Research Associates, 14 percent higher than the national average. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+4 percent) and Atlanta (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in New York, 14 percent below the national average. Raleigh and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries



National Average
$101,000



Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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Cardiology
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Clinical Research
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Project Management
0%

National Average
$101,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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