Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

An average Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate can expect to take home roughly $60K per year. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,286 - $82,886
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MEDIAN: $59,623
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$13.82 - $33.61
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$0$84K
Salary $40,286 - $82,886
Bonus $152.05 - $8,143
Profit Sharing $1,200
Total Pay (?
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$37,413 - $84,303
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 853
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $13.82 - $33.61
Overtime $6.30 - $43.51
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $152.05 - $8,143
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$37,413 - $84,303
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 204

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Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates include Medpace, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Covance, Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and PRA International. For Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, comfortable salaries can be found at PRA International; in fact, average earnings are around $76K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($37K versus $97K) is great. Quintiles Transnational Corp, Covance, Inc, and Quintiles, Inc. also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $73K, $69K, and $69K, respectively.

Medpace, Inc., Parexel International Corp, and Icon Clinical Research Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($51K, $58K, and $60K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,478

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

Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, 24 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Raleigh (+9 percent). Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates in Philadelphia report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Cincinnati and 11 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in Minneapolis:
"Keep up with the industry and you will succeed."
Keep up with the therapeutic knowledge and industry standards. FDA, ISO, medical device and other local laws and regulations.

Key Stats for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
10%
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Skills That Affect Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 11%
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