Benchmarking Investigator Payments


It goes without saying that Sponsors and CROs can’t afford to get the investigator payment level wrong. The downsides of not paying market-rate investigator fees impact both the financial health of the organization and the ability to recruit high-performing and experienced sites. Pay too much and your budget evaporates, pay too little and it will be difficult to recruit experienced sites.



  • Benchmark your investigator payments against industry averages to establish and negotiate contracts
  • Understand how “trial complexity” and “length of study” impact investigators’ willingness to participate and the impact on investigator fees
  • Institute more realistic feasibility assessments and site start-up timing by understanding which therapeutic areas, phases, and types of products carry the highest cost
  1. Benchmarking Investigator Fees, including: Therapeutic area averages, phase comparison by specialty/TA, compoud type compensation by specialty/TA
  2. Specialty/Therapeutic Area Analysis
  3. Investigator Payment Dynamics, including: Drivers of investigator fees and Investigator payment models
  4. Site and Respondent Demographics
  • Cardiovascular
  • CNS
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Musculoskeletal/Arthritis
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric
  • Respiratory/Allergy
  • Women’s Health

Analysis By:

  • Therapeutic area
  • Phase of development (I, II, III, IV)
  • Compound type (Biologic, Biosimilar, Me-too, Generic, Novel)

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