What does a Research Coordinator do?

Research coordinators supervise successful drug trials and medical research. They are responsible for gathering patients for their trials through recruitment and by screening them to ensure they a proper fit for the trial’s guidelines. They also ensure the materials and supplies used in the trial remain safe during each step, and they maintain the integrity of all documents recorded as part of the trial.

Research coordinators must administer the trial while following competent clinical practice guidelines. They will study their subjects and ensure the clinical trial is successfully operated. They assist investigators in the screening and review of potential participants for their eligibility; they maintain report forms, charts, and documentation. They are called on to collect and do data entry when needed and perform various on- the-job duties. Research coordinators need a minimum high school diploma or equivalency; some jobs require a bachelor's degree in clinical research or related fields, while others require an associate's degree and on-the-job training.

Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Research Coordinator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$62,207 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $62K
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Research Coordinator Career Path

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National Health Promotion AssociatesNational Health Promotion Associates
Research Coordinator
16 Mar 2021

“It’s a great opportunity to learn real world research skills and is rewarding because you’re doing good.”

Springboard CollaborativeSpringboard Collaborative
Research Coordinator
14 Oct 2019

“My direct manager acted as a mentor and I really learned a lot under her.”

Behavioural Insights TeamBehavioural Insights Team
Research Advisor
24 Apr 2021

“Stimulating and challenging work and constant opportunities to grow”

Heart and Stroke Foundation of CanadaHeart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Research Coordinator
19 Sep 2020

“Satisfying work and great people”

The University of North Carolina SystemThe University of North Carolina System
Research Study Coordinator
30 Mar 2021

“Great staff to work with and to train with.”

Clinical Research MalaysiaClinical Research Malaysia
Research Study Coordinator
30 Aug 2021

“Limited career progression and everything is based on your seniority within the company.”

LSU AgCenterLSU AgCenter
Research Coordinator
22 Jul 2021

“Research based job is quite interesting”

Research Study Coordinator
12 Sep 2020

“Average salary compared to industry standards”

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