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The average salary for a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) is $63,570.
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$40k - $96k

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The top respondents for the job title Clinical Research Associate (CRA) are from the companies Medpace, Inc., PRA International and Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc. Reported salaries are highest at PRA International where the average pay is $81,668. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Quintiles, Inc. and Parexel, earning around $74,563 and $70,991, respectively. Medpace, Inc. pays the lowest at around $51,215. Seattle Children's Hospital and Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $58,958 and $66,323, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Skills in Clinical Research and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management, Data Analysis and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

An entry-level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $55,078 based on 267 salaries. An early career Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $62,658 based on 1,377 salaries. A mid-career Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,036 based on 420 salaries. An experienced Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,287 based on 230 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $86,567.
Employees with Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 31.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (8.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cincinnati, Ohio (20.1% less), Dallas, Texas (8.7% less) and New York, New York (3.1% less).

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