What does a Clinical Research Assistant do?

Clinical research assistants work in hospitals, laboratories, and other institutions that conduct scientific studies. They identify subjects or clinical trials, collect data, evaluate results, monitor clinical trials, and take notes on activities. They audit research trials and ensure all clinical trial protocols are in compliance. They transfer data from paper formats to a computer, recorder, or scanner in organized spreadsheets with large numbers, curating data directly from clinical research.

Clinical research assistants draft informed consent forms for trials and prepare correspondence, documentation, or presentation materials on research findings. They prepare interview questions, summarize results, perform literature reviews, respond to emails related to the research, attend project meetings, and prepare progress reports. Clinical research assistants also monitor a project budget and check its progress and need a bachelor's degree in science, psychology, or related fields and certification by the state as licensed through the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$45,830 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $46K
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Clinical Research Assistant Career Path

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Clinical Research Assistant Insights

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Kennedy Krieger InstituteKennedy Krieger Institute
Clinical Assistant
Mar. 27, 2020

“Hourly pay is not worth it if you are not 100% into the job otherwise.”

Clinical Assistant
Apr. 21, 2021

“High productivity and pay is not good”

Clinical Trials Assistant
May 19, 2020

“I met great teams and connections while I worked here”

Memorial Sloan KetteringMemorial Sloan Kettering
Clinical Assistant
Aug. 24, 2021

“One of the best when it comes to pay and benefits”

Clinical Research Assistant
May 31, 2021

“good work and life balance”

ATI Physical TherapyATI Physical Therapy
Clinical Assistant
Aug. 28, 2021

“workers are amazing and a pleasure to work with.”

Kennedy Krieger InstituteKennedy Krieger Institute
Clinical Assistant
Sep. 22, 2020

“I went through a two week training just to find out i would only be able to work overnights.”

Clinical Trial Assistant
Aug. 4, 2020

“The salary is not the best on the market and too much workload.”

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