Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Clinical Research Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K per year. Cash earnings for Clinical Research Associates — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $39K to approximately $92K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Clinical Research Associates survey respondents are women (79 percent). A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,389 - $91,272
$41K
$62K
$91K
MEDIAN: $61,932
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$14.54 - $42.00
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MEDIAN: $22.59
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$0$92K
Salary $41,389 - $91,272
Bonus $10.30 - $9,905
Profit Sharing $200.00 - $6,000
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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$39,086 - $92,640
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,104
Hourly Data $0$88
Hourly Rate $14.54 - $42.00
Overtime $6.21 - $88.08
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $10.30 - $9,905
Profit Sharing $200.00 - $6,000
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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$39,086 - $92,640
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 259

Job Description for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Clinical research associates (CRA) are responsible for assisting in the clinical research process, providing advanced technical expertise in steps such as handling supplies, ordering tests, and collecting results, presenting specific research information to the public, and a variety of administrative tasks. CRAs must follow strict privacy and safety regulations to prevent problems with subjects and ethical concerns; they must also be organized and pay close attention to detail when conducting research using investigative methods in clinical or healthcare settings.

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Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Tasks

  • 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.
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


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As Clinical Research Associates transition into upper-level roles such as Clinical Trial Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Clinical Trial Managers earn $97K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Clinical Research Associate often leads to becoming a Senior Clinical Research Associate or a Clinical Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $30K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Medpace, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, PRA International, Covance, Inc, and Icon Clinical Research Inc are top-notch employers for Clinical Research Associates in this area. Those at Gilead Sciences, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $84K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider St. Jude Medical, Inc., Inventiv Health, and Parexel, top-paying firms where Clinical Research Associates rake in a comfortable $79K, $76K, or $76K, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where median pay comes to just $36K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $31K and ending at $50K, range in salary is rather small. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Medpace, Inc. ($51K), Kaiser Permanente ($52K), and Parexel International Corp ($58K).

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Survey results suggest that Clinical Research Associates use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with monitoring, Oncology, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 10 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis. Those educated in Clinical Research tend to be well versed in Data Analysis and Project Management. The majority of those who know Regulatory Compliance also know Project Management and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 971 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 303 salaries. An experienced Clinical Research Associate (CRA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 140 salaries. A Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,063

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Clinical Research Associates, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+22 percent), New York (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Workers in Houston and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA)?

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in College Station:
Pros: Type of work. Environment. Use critical thinking. Social skills.
Cons: Stress level, compensation for amount of work.

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in Lincoln:
"CRA for a Staffing Agency."
Pros: I got to work with good people, for and with companies with a strong commitment to ethical behavior.
Cons: I was underpaid and under-appreciated. Because I was working for a staffing agency, I was basically treated as a second-class citizen at the client site.

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in Minneapolis:
"Poor culture, office is crammed, top-level unqualified."
Pros: The Clinical position is located in Arden Hills, MN. The supervising manager is located in NC. There is a lot of latitude in performing your job as this is definitely one where micro-managing is not conducive. However, if you require a lot of guidance, this position would not be a good fit. The supervising manager expects the staff to be self-starters and if they don't deliver, many contractors have lost their position this way. Clinical research efforts are mainly a marketing vehicle to stimulate new sales or trials for the product. This company is easily accessible from my home. I am able to compensate some personal time as a result of my work travel. I have been deliberate in voicing what I want and the direction of my career. I've explained that I want to participate on core teams and work on project management or even compliance tasks. No change in my responsibilities. No considerations given. Many higher-ups are very exclusive and only travel together to bond.
Cons: The company culture is lacking. The management does not seem interested in developing their current talent. Either this is the case, or they are not invested in the long term future as the nature of the company has been to "sell the company in 3-5 years" since establishing MN location on 2009. Management has been quoted as saying, "what we do next after this" to lead one to believe the company is temporary. Top level managers (VPs) remotely manage their departments, currently located in the Arden Hills office, as they have consistently stated they will not move to Minnesota. The result is the staff are left to their own devices usually to tackle highest priorities for each unfinished project and then jump to another unfinished project tackling only the highest priority to address pressing deadlines. The culture is slow to embrace change. There are many individuals who say that "that's how we've always done things" or "that was how we used to do it when X used to work here."

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Key Stats for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

▲38%

▲30%

▲14%

National Average
$61,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

monitoring
▲39%

▲10%



Project Management
▲1%

National Average
$61,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 11%