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Average Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

$65,217
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,077
Bonus
$5,000
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The average salary for a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) is $65,217.
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$44k
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$65k
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$94k
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$1k - $14k
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What Do Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s Do?

Job Satisfaction for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

4.1 out of 5
(234)
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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 $80,366. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Quintiles, Inc. and Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, earning around $75,742 and $70,470, respectively. Medpace, Inc. pays the lowest at around $53,776. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Covance, Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $58,414 and $64,410, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s?

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 $55,810 based on 220 salaries. An early career Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,190 based on 1,187 salaries. A mid-career Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,525 based on 332 salaries. An experienced Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $82,254 based on 184 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $88,713.
Employees with Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 33.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (9.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (1.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cincinnati, Ohio (18.3% less), New York, New York (4.9% less) and Dallas, Texas (4.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,978 survey responses.
Entry Level
11.1%
Early Career
60.0%
Mid Career
16.8%
Experienced
9.3%
Late Career
2.8%