Average Clinical Research Associate salary in South Africa 2023

Average Clinical Research Associate salary

The average clinical research associate salary in South Africa is R30,485.00. Clinical Research Associates receive performance bonuses in addition to their salary. A clinical research associate’s performance bonus can be very high, depending on the company for which they work.

A Associate Clinical Researcher in South Africa earns a performance bonus ranging from R10,000.00 to R103,000.00 per year. Because performance bonuses are at the discretion of the employer, an employer may choose not to award them.

Women make up 71.4% of the Associate Clinical Researcher workforce, with men accounting for the remainder (Payscale). Men are the highest-paid Clinical Research Associates, earning an average of R40,300.00 per month, while women earn an average of R36,100.00 per month.

A clinical research associate’s salary is determined by the employer for whom he or she works. The Road Accident Fund is the most common employer in South Africa, with an average monthly salary of R47,360.00

The city in which a Clinical Research Associate works is another factor in determining their salary. Centurion, Gauteng, is South Africa’s highest-paying city, with an average monthly salary of R47,360.00.

A Clinical Research Associate’s salary is also affected by their level of education. A bachelor’s degree, for example, earns them an average of R23,200.00 per month, while a master’s degree earns an average of R44,800.00 per month. Those with a master’s degree earn 93% more on average than those with a bachelor’s degree.

The final determinant of a clinical research associate’s salary is their level of experience. Below, we examine the salary of a clinical research associate based on their level of experience.

Average Associate Clinical Researcher salary with 0 – 2 years of work experience in 2023 

An Associate Clinical Researcher with 0 to 2 years of experience can expect to earn R19,900.00 per month on average. The lowest monthly salary in this category is R18,200.00, which is earned by those with 0 years of work experience.

A Clinical research Associate’s salary can be higher if they have a master’s degree in the field. A Associate Clinical Researcher with two years of experience and a master’s degree can expect to earn R25,800.00 per month on average.

Average Associate Clinical Researcher salary with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2023 

A Associate Clinical Researcher with 3 to 5 years of experience can expect to earn R26,600.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 34% increase over the average salary of a Clinical Research Associate with 0 to 2 years of experience.

Clinical Research Associates with 5 years of experience earn an average monthly salary of R29,900.00 which is the most in this category. 

A Clinical Research Associate with 3 years of experience earns the lowest salary in this category, which is an average monthly salary of R20,800.00

Average Clinical Research Associate salary with 6 – 10 years of work experience in 2023 

A Associate Clinical Researcher with 6 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn R39,400.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 48% increase in salary over the average salary of Clinical Research Associates with 3 to 5 years of experience.

Associate Clinical Researchers with 10 years of experience earn the highest salaries in this category, with an average monthly salary of R42,500.00. Clinical Research Associates with 6 years of experience earn the lowest salaries in this category, with an average monthly salary of R28,670.00.

Average Clinical Research Associate salary with 11 – 15 years of work experience in 2023 

A Associate Clinical Researcher with 11 to 15 years of experience can expect to earn R48,000.00 per month on average. The salary is a 22% increase over the average salary of Clinical Research Associates with 6 to 10 years of experience.

The highest paid in this category are those with a master’s degree and 15 years of experience. A Clinical Research Associate with 15 years of experience and a master’s degree earns an average monthly salary of R50,750.00.

Clinical Research Associates with 11 to 12 years of experience earn the lowest salary in this category. A Clinical Research Associate with 11 to 12 years of experience can expect to earn R43,800.00 per month on average.

Average Associate Clinical Researcher salary with 16 – 20 years of work experience in 2023 

A clinical research associate with 16 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn R52,300.00 per month on average. The salary is a 9% increase over the average salary of clinical research associates with 11 to 15 years of experience.

If a Clinical Research Associate has 20 years of experience and a postgraduate degree, their salary can be very high. Clinical Research Associates with a master’s degree and 20 years of experience earn R58,100.00 per month on average.

A clinical research associate with 20+ years of experience can earn more than R1 million per year. Performance bonuses can boost a clinical research associate’s monthly income to more than R82,000.00.

Conclusion 

A clinical research associate’s salary rises as their level of education and experience increases. Obtaining a postgraduate degree in the field is advantageous for those seeking a higher-than-average salary in the field.

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