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The Highest Paying Clinical Trials in 2023

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By Christopher Brown

Every new drug must successfully complete five steps before it makes it to the market. It starts with discovery and development, moves into preclinical research, and if all goes well the researchers will begin the clinical research phase. Clinical research primarily involves testing on volunteers. Volunteers who are paid handsomely for their time. 

You might be surprised how many open calls for clinical research volunteers there truly are. If you know where to look, you could make over $10K in as little as a month. To aid your search for a little extra spending money, we’re going to take a look at the highest paying clinical trials available to volunteers in 2023.

Clinical Trials 101

Clinical trials are human studies. They play an essential role in the development of new drugs, diets, and medical devices. New medical interventions must pass through these trials before they can even be considered for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

There are four phases of clinical trials, designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of whatever is being tested. It’s a lengthy process that can take years to complete. Clinical trials require a lot of willing volunteers too. 

Volunteers stand to make thousands of dollars on the completion of a clinical trial. Most trials have specific volunteer qualifications and most volunteers are screened before approval. Having said that, the demand for volunteers is so high and the clinical trial volunteer boards are so full of opportunities that you’ll likely find one to match with.

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Altasciences Research Study #N-31000-EN-1

Location: Cypress, CA

Compensation: Up to $6,650

Generally healthy individuals are welcome to apply to participate in this relatively short clinical trial. Adults between the ages of 18 and 65 and who meet certain criteria are eligible for up to $6,650 in compensation. Participants are required to be available for 1 screening visit, a 1-night stay, 11 outpatient visits, and 3 follow-up phone calls.

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ICON Research Study #22805X

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Compensation: Up to $15,500

If you’re healthy, don’t smoke, and are between the ages of 18 and 45, you may be in line to earn up to $15,500. This 12-week study will require participants to be available for a single 15-night in-patient stay in addition to 11 follow up visits.

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Hypertriglyceridemia Clinical Trial

Location: Cypress, CA

Compensation: Up to $11,000

American adults with high cholesterol or triglycerides could stand to make an extra $11,000 by participating in this exciting new study. To qualify, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 70, and available for 1 pre-screening visit, a 3-night stay, and 18 outpatient visits. Participation is limited to non-substance users who are of non-childbearing potential.

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Altasciences Research Study #N-31700-EN-1

Location: Cypress, CA

Compensation: Up to $12,800

Eighteen to 55 year olds with reliable transportation to the Altascience research facility in Cypress, CA are encouraged to apply for this lucrative volunteer opportunity. Researchers are on the hunt for healthy adults that don’t smoke and are available for one screening visit, two 5-night stays, and 18 outpatient visits.

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Labcorp Dallas Study #8495-334

Location: Dallas, Texas

Compensation: Up to $3,150

Your participation in this Labcorp study could earn you up to $3,150 in just a few days’ work. Applicants must be generally healthy and between the ages of 18 and 60 to qualify. You’ll have to be available for a single 3-night stay as well as a single follow-up visit.

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ICON Research Study #22811X

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Compensation: Up to $16,500

Healthy men and women between the ages of 18 and 50 are encouraged to participate in this ICON sponsored study in Salt Lake City. Qualified participants must be available for a single in-patient stay of 31-nights and one follow up visit. Even if you don’t qualify, you could be eligible for up to $500 for referring a qualified participant.

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Labcorp Madison Study #8486-900

Location: Madison, WI

Compensation: up to $18,802

Labcorp Madison is offering qualified volunteers up to $18,802 to participate in a 21-week study at their research center in Madison, Wisconsin. The application is light on the details, but we do know that there are no age or gender restrictions, and participants will be required to stay overnight in some capacity. 


ICON Research Study #799X

Location: Lenexa, KS

Compensation: Up to $21,600

This is a 26-week study that’s recruiting overweight but otherwise healthy adults between the ages of 21 and 65. Participants must be available for a total of 12 nights across 4 stays, as well as 12 outpatient visits.

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ICON Research Study #22723X

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Compensation: Up to $29,500

Anyone available for an in-patient stay of 43-nights and 9 follow up visits may want to consider applying to participate in this ICON-sponsored study. Researchers are looking for non-smoking volunteers between the ages of 18 and 45 with a BMI between 18 and 32.

All In The Name of Science 

On the individual level, and in the short term, participating in clinical studies helps put cash in your pocket. But the benefits of your participation in these studies is far greater than some cash on the side. Clinical research is an essential part of health sciences research and continues to arm medical professionals with life-saving tools every single day. 

There are a lot of clinical research studies recruiting qualified volunteers too. We may have included a number of high-paying options above, but our list is far from comprehensive. So don’t worry if you aren’t available or eligible for the above studies. Trust us when we say that there’s plenty more where those came from.

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Key Takeaways

  • Clinical trials a vital part of the research process.
  • Eligible volunteers are paid a lot of money to participate.

Christopher Brown

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