Clinical Research Associate Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$73,000
$50,000
$73,000
$105,000
Clinical research associates in the United States make an average salary of $73,120 per year or $35.15 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $50,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $105,000. If you like following the crowd, pharmaceutical and health care companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out pharmaceutical, non profits, and health care companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Nevada, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey provide the highest clinical research associate salaries.
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Boston, MA
$87,421
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Map of Clinical Research Associate Salaries

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Average Clinical Research Associate Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a clinical research associate is roughly $73,120 per year, which boils down to $35.15 per hour. Interestingly enough, clinical research associates have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $91,102 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $53,000. Additionally, clinical research associates make more than the average salary in Boston, MA, Jersey City, NJ, Washington, DC, Hartford, CT, and Wilmington, DE. On a more broad level, clinical research associate salaries are highest in Nevada, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware. On the contrary, Michigan, Kansas, and Mississippi offer the lowest clinical research associate salaries.

Average Clinical Research Associate Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Novartis and Merck & Co. as they offer the highest salaries for clinical research associates.

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Clinical Research Associate Salary History

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Recently Added Clinical Research Associate Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Research Associate
07/17/2020
07/17/2020
$79,306
$79,306
07/17/2020
Clinical Research Associate I
Clinical Research Associate I
06/27/2020
06/27/2020
$31,702
$31,702
06/27/2020
Clinical/Hc Research Associate
Clinical/Hc Research Associate
06/19/2020
06/19/2020
$50,012
$50,012
06/19/2020
Clinical Research Associate CRA III
Clinical Research Associate CRA III
05/05/2020
05/05/2020
$83,480
$83,480
05/05/2020
Clinical Research Associate I
Clinical Research Associate I
03/21/2020
03/21/2020
$31,702
$31,702
03/21/2020
Clinical Research Associate I
Clinical Research Associate I
03/06/2020
03/06/2020
$31,702
$31,702
03/06/2020
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Research Associate
03/04/2020
03/04/2020
$75,000
$75,000
03/04/2020
Associate Clinical Research Cooridnator-Cancer Center
Associate Clinical Research Cooridnator-Cancer Center
02/15/2020
02/15/2020
$41,490
$41,490
02/15/2020
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Research Associate
01/23/2020
01/23/2020
$40,010
$40,010
01/23/2020
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Research Associate
01/23/2020
01/23/2020
$37,566
$37,566
01/23/2020