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Clinical Research Associate Demographics in the US

The average employee age for clinical research associates is 41 years. The clinical research associate workforce reached a whopping 22,574 in 2020!

Among clinical research associates, we discovered that 63.9% of them are women, while 29.5% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among clinical research associates is White, which makes up 72.6% of all clinical research associates. Comparatively, there are 12.3% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of clinical research associates are located in NY, New York and CA, San Diego.

Clinical Research Associate Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 22,574 clinical research associates currently employed in the United States.
  • 63.9% of all clinical research associates are women, while only 29.5% are men.
  • The average age of an employed clinical research associate is 41 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of clinical research associates is White (72.6%), followed by Asian (12.3%) and Hispanic or Latino (6.9%).
  • The majority of clinical research associates are located in NY, New York and CA, San Diego.
  • Clinical research associates are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • Clinical research associates are paid an average annual salary of $65,517.
  • Boston, MA pays an annual average wage of $96,378, the highest in the US.
  • Clinical research associates average starting salary is $43,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid clinical research associates earn as much as $98,000 or more.
  • Maine is the best state for clinical research associates to live.
  • Clinical research associates are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Clinical Research Associate Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among clinical research associates is White, which makes up 72.6% of all clinical research associates. Comparatively, there are 12.3% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 72.6%
  • Asian, 12.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.9%
  • Black or African American, 4.7%
  • Unknown, 3.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Clinical Research Associates

The chart below shows that 45.1% of clinical research associates speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 13.5% and Russian is the third-most popular at 5.6%.

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  • Spanish, 45.1%
  • French, 13.5%
  • Russian, 5.6%
  • Hindi, 4.5%
  • Chinese, 4.5%
  • Other, 26.8%

Types of Clinical Research Associate Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for clinical research associates. The most common degree for clinical research associates is bachelor's degree. In fact, 60% of clinical research associates earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 16% and rounding it off is associate degree with 7%.

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  • Bachelors degree, 60%
  • Masters degree, 16%
  • Associate degree, 7%
  • Doctorate degree, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 11%

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Clinical Research Associate Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ clinical research associates. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most clinical research associates is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire clinical research associates.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Clinical Research Associate Work In

Employees with the clinical research associate job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most clinical research associates prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Private

Public

Education

Government

Top Industries Hiring Clinical Research Associates

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ clinical research associates. Those industries include health care, pharmaceutical and education.

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Health Care

Pharmaceutical

Education

Fortune 500

Technology

Clinical Research Associate Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as clinical research associates. Keep reading to find out what the results for clinical research associates were.

Clinical Research Associate Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among clinical research associates.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Clinical Research Associate Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the clinical research associate position over time.

Male
Female
66%
63%
61%
58%
56%
53%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Clinical Research Associate Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of clinical research associates changed.

  • Unemployment rate

The Average Number of Years That Clinical Research Associate Stay in a Job

By looking over 7,290 clinical research associates resumes, we figured out that the average clinical research associate enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 48%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Clinical Research Associate Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of clinical research associate employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of clinical research associates is 40+ years old, which represents 49% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Clinical Research Associate Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, pipeline superintendent and agronomy research manager have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Early Childhood Services Coordinator11%86%
Community Health Nursing Director12%86%
Parent Educator12%83%
Clinical Research Associate30%64%
Project Superintendent94%3%
Agronomy Research Manager94%4%
Pipeline Superintendent95%3%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Pipeline Superintendent
Agronomy Research Manager
Project Superintendent
Clinical Research Associate
Parent Educator
Community Health Nursing Director
Early Childhood Services Coordinator
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

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Clinical Research Associate Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$59,745
female-income
Female Income
$58,069

Clinical Research Associate Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Asian women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$75,071
$70,737
$66,404
$62,071
$57,738
$53,404
$49,071
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Clinical Research Associate Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$58,325
Master's Degree$68,753
Doctorate Degree$88,492

Clinical Research Associate Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$110,086
$99,289
$88,492
$77,695
$66,898
$56,101
$45,304
$34,507
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Clinical Research Associate Heatmaps

Where Do Clinical Research Associates Earn The Most?

The map here shows where clinical research associates earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Clinical Research Associates Located?

By looking through more than 7,290 resumes, we found that the most popular places for clinical research associates are NY, New York and CA, San Diego.

Number of Clinical Research Associates

Where Are Clinical Research Associates In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country clinical research associates are in the most demand.

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