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Clinical Research Associate salary in United States

How much does a Clinical Research Associate make in the United States?

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The average salary for a clinical research associate is $79,462 per year in the United States. 744 salaries reported, updated at June 26, 2022.

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Top companies for Clinical Research Associates in United States

  1. ICON plc
    561 reviews14 salaries reported
    $239,822per year
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Highest paying cities for Clinical Research Associates in United States

  1. Raleigh, NC
    $123,377 per year
    96 salaries reported
  2. Houston, TX
    $115,042 per year
    5 salaries reported
  3. Atlanta, GA
    $98,687 per year
    28 salaries reported
  1. Philadelphia, PA
    $97,779 per year
    19 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $96,813 per year
    15 salaries reported
  3. Boston, MA
    $86,760 per year
    14 salaries reported
  1. Memphis, TN
    $81,911 per year
    33 salaries reported
  2. Chapel Hill, NC
    $58,857 per year
    7 salaries reported
  3. Austin, TX
    $54,574 per year
    8 salaries reported
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Where can a Clinical Research Associate earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Clinical Research Associates

Top fields of study
Medical Degree
Top skills
Clinical Development

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Most common benefits for Clinical Research Associates

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 112 ratings

58% of Clinical Research Associates in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Clinical Research Coordinator

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