ABBOTT LABORATORIES Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary in the United States

How much does a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) make at companies like ABBOTT LABORATORIES in the United States? The average salary for Clinical Research Associate (CRA) at companies like ABBOTT LABORATORIES in the United States is $65,526 as of October 25, 2023, but the range typically falls between $57,592 and $73,461. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities2


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What does a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) do at companies like ABBOTT LABORATORIES?

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

The Clinical Research Associate (CRA) is responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system.

  • Designs; implements; and monitors clinical studies of new and modified in vitro diagnostic products. 
  • Ensures that the clinical studies are designed to validate product performance claims and support the products’ intended use. 
  • Prepares clinical data reviews and data summaries. 
  • Participates in the preparation of regulatory submissions and international registration packages.
  • In general; the CRA performs responsibilities and task under the direction of a SCRA or CPM.


Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system.  Complies with all policies; established procedures; and regulations related to clinical research. Actively participates as a member of the cross-functional project team. With direction performs the following:

- Assesses data generated by R&D/Business Teams.

- Prepares design validation plans.
- Prepares documents for clinical studies.
- Identifies and qualifies clinical investigators and clinical sites.
- Proposes and negotiates budgets for clinical studies. Initiates payments to sites.
- Obtains and reviews all required essential documents necessary for study initiation.
- Reviews data; prepares and presents clinical data reviews and data summaries.
- Responds to audits and data queries.
- Prepares the clinical sections of regulatory submissions and international registration packages.
- Assists Regulatory in preparing responses to regulatory agencies’ questions regarding the clinical study.


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of 3 years clinical related experience

Preferred Requirements:

  • B.S in biological sciences or medical specialty preferred.
  • Preferred site monitoring of investigational drug or device trials or clinical laboratory assay/instrument experience.
  • Preferred knowledge of regulations and standards (GCP) affecting IVDs and Biologics.
  • Other: Clinical Laboratory certification (MT; ASCP or equivalent) or certification as a clinical research associate (CCRA) is desirable.
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