chapter 7

life sciences.

 

The steady increase of new drug approvals. Growing regulatory burdens. A rapidly aging global population. Rising focus on innovation to tap into rare and specialty disease markets. These are just a few of the reasons clinical trials are more expensive and time-consuming than ever before — but they aren’t the only challenges facing life sciences companies today. Indeed, according to a recent Randstad client survey, “competitive pressure” will be the number-one external obstacle to growth for life sciences companies in the year ahead.

Overcoming that pressure will require key hires, but unfortunately finding those individuals isn’t about to get any easier. As new players emerge, and with plenty of new jobs being created, skilled life sciences professionals have more employment options than at any time in recent history. This means life sciences companies will have to work even harder to find the talent they need to stay competitive.

 

there were 4,000 job postings for clinical research associates in the past 12 months.

2020 outlook

There’s so much on the line for life sciences companies, and yet the hiring challenges and bottlenecks you face today just might intensify in the year ahead — that is, unless you start getting proactive, and acting strategically, right away. While salaries across the life sciences space will likely creep upward in the year ahead, forward-looking companies should consider tinkering with their perks and benefits packages, too: It’s a lever that can move the needle with talent at least as effectively as increased pay. Regardless of the approach you take, you’ll need to retool your talent acquisition strategy today — before it’s too late.

here's how to hire in life sciences today

salary key

This guide presents nationwide pay information for today’s most prevalent and in-demand life sciences positions. 

Compensation data for these roles is organized by annual salaries across three levels of professional experience:

entry-level
one year of experience

mid-level
five years of experience

senior-level
10 years of experience

clinical entry-level mid-level senior-level
biometrics
biostatistician $85,428 $105,768 $136,278
clinical data manager $60,003 $82,377 $112,887
clinical SAS programmer $70,173 $89,496 $114,921
clinical trial management and operations
clinical documentation specialist (eTMF) $54,329 $70,304 $92,350
clinical outsourcing manager $85,428 $111,870 $140,346
clinical project manager (CPM) $86,445 $123,057 $174,924
clinical research associate (CRA) $56,952 $111,870 $144,414
clinical trial associate (CTA) $54,918 $82,377 $105,768
clinical trial manager (CTM) $81,360 $117,972 $230,859
medical director $175,941 $276,624 $356,967
drug safety/pharmacovigilance
drug safety physician $111,870 $151,533 $242,046
drug safety specialist $54,918 $77,292 $108,819
medical monitor/reviewer $91,530 $134,244 $170,856
medical and scientific affairs
medical information specialist $54,918 $79,326 $114,921
medical science liaison $131,193 $161,703 $198,315
medical writing
document manager $44,748 $55,935 $66,105
medical writer $76,275 $117,972 $148,482
quality control reviewer $46,782 $67,122 $103,734
quality, process and validation
process development engineer $75,258 $110,853 $136,278
quality assurance auditor $61,020 $105,768 $128,142
quality assurance specialist $41,400 $62,000 $74,600
quality control analyst $51,867 $72,207 $99,666
regulatory affairs
regulatory advertising and promotions associate $47,799 $63,054 $84,411
regulatory affairs CMC associate $43,731 $72,715 $93,564
regulatory affairs labeling associate $73,224 $105,768 $142,380
regulatory affairs operations associate $54,918 $77,292 $101,700
regulatory affairs publishing associate $43,731 $72,716 $93,564
supply chain management
clinical trial supply manager $70,173 $86,445 $111,870
material documentation coordinator $45,765 $62,037 $81,360

clinical

biometrics

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

biostatistician

entry-level

$85,428

mid-level

$105,768

senior-level

$136,278

clinical data manager

entry-level

$60,003

mid-level

$82,377

senior-level

$112,887

clinical SAS programmer

entry-level

$70,173

mid-level

$89,496

senior-level

$114,921

clinical trial management and operations

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

clinical documentation specialist (eTMF)

entry-level

$54,329

mid-level

$70,304

senior-level

$92,350

clinical outsourcing manager

entry-level

$85,428

mid-level

$111,870

senior-level

$140,346

clinical project manager (CPM)

entry-level

$86,445

mid-level

$123,057

senior-level

$174,924

clinical research associate (CRA)

entry-level

$56,952

mid-level

$111,870

senior-level

$144,414

clinical trial associate (CTA)

entry-level

$54,918

mid-level

$82,377

senior-level

$105,768

clinical trial manager (CTM)

entry-level

$81,360

mid-level

$117,972

senior-level

$230,859

medical director

entry-level

$175,941

mid-level

$276,624

senior-level

$356,967

drug safety/pharmacovigilance

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

drug safety physician

entry-level

$111,870

mid-level

$151,533

senior-level

$242,046

drug safety specialist

entry-level

$54,918

mid-level

$77,292

senior-level

$108,819

medical monitor/reviewer

entry-level

$91,530

mid-level

$134,244

senior-level

$170,856

medical and scientific affairs

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

medical information specialist

entry-level

$54,918

mid-level

$79,326

senior-level

$114,921

medical science liaison

entry-level

$131,193

mid-level

$161,703

senior-level

$198,315

medical writing

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

document manager

entry-level

$44,748

mid-level

$55,935

senior-level

$66,105

medical writer

entry-level

$76,275

mid-level

$117,972

senior-level

$148,482

quality control reviewer

entry-level

$46,782

mid-level

$67,122

senior-level

$103,734

quality, process and validation

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

process development engineer

entry-level

$75,258

mid-level

$110,853

senior-level

$136,278

quality assurance auditor

entry-level

$61,020

mid-level

$105,768

senior-level

$128,142

quality assurance specialist

entry-level

$41,400

mid-level

$62,000

senior-level

$74,600

quality control analyst

entry-level

$51,867

mid-level

$72,207

senior-level

$99,666

regulatory affairs

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

regulatory advertising and promotions associate

entry-level

$47,799

mid-level

$63,054

senior-level

$84,411

regulatory affairs CMC associate

entry-level

$43,731

mid-level

$72,715

senior-level

$93,564

regulatory affairs labeling associate

entry-level

$73,224

mid-level

$105,768

senior-level

$142,380

regulatory affairs operations associate

entry-level

$54,918

mid-level

$77,292

senior-level

$101,700

regulatory affairs publishing associate

entry-level

$43,731

mid-level

$72,716

senior-level

$93,564

supply chain management

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

clinical trial supply manager

entry-level

$70,173

mid-level

$86,445

senior-level

$111,870

material documentation coordinator

entry-level

$45,765

mid-level

$62,037

senior-level

$81,360
scientific
analytical chemist $47,799 $79,326 $99,666
biochemical engineer $57,969 $85,428 $106,785
environmental health and safety specialist $44,748 $69,156 $98,649
environmental scientist $61,020 $79,326 $106,785
field monitor/sampler/tester $33,561 $47,799 $70,173
flavorist $51,867 $73,224 $98,649
food scientist $52,884 $83,394 $117,972
food technologist $49,833 $96,615 $126,108
formulation scientist $61,020 $93,564 $147,465
fragrance technician $35,595 $42,602 $66,105
ISO auditor $52,884 $74,241 $95,598
laboratory technician $35,595 $45,765 $67,122
molecular/cell biologist $43,731 $58,986 $84,411
product development scientist $50,850 $84,411 $109,836
quality control engineer $57,969 $79,835 $106,785
research assistant $32,544 $45,765 $67,122
research scientist $68,139 $121,023 $141,363
toxicologist $60,003 $91,530 $128,142

scientific

analytical chemist

entry-level

$47,799

mid-level

$79,326

senior-level

$99,666

biochemical engineer

entry-level

$57,969

mid-level

$85,428

senior-level

$106,785

environmental health and safety specialist

entry-level

$44,748

mid-level

$69,156

senior-level

$98,649

environmental scientist

entry-level

$61,020

mid-level

$79,326

senior-level

$106,785

field monitor/sampler/tester

entry-level

$33,561

mid-level

$47,799

senior-level

$70,173

flavorist

entry-level

$51,867

mid-level

$73,224

senior-level

$98,649

food scientist

entry-level

$52,884

mid-level

$83,394

senior-level

$117,972

food technologist

entry-level

$49,833

mid-level

$96,615

senior-level

$126,108

formulation scientist

entry-level

$61,020

mid-level

$93,564

senior-level

$147,465

fragrance technician

entry-level

$35,595

mid-level

$42,602

senior-level

$66,105

ISO auditor

entry-level

$52,884

mid-level

$74,241

senior-level

$95,598

laboratory technician

entry-level

$35,595

mid-level

$45,765

senior-level

$67,122

molecular/cell biologist

entry-level

$43,731

mid-level

$58,986

senior-level

$84,411

product development scientist

entry-level

$50,850

mid-level

$84,411

senior-level

$109,836

quality control engineer

entry-level

$57,969

mid-level

$79,835

senior-level

$106,785

research assistant

entry-level

$32,544

mid-level

$45,765

senior-level

$67,122

research scientist

entry-level

$68,139

mid-level

$121,023

senior-level

$141,363

toxicologist

entry-level

$60,003

mid-level

$91,530

senior-level

$128,142

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