Director, Product Development Salary

Directors of Product Development in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $119K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Directors of Product Development, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $25K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $77K and $176K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Product Development. Men make up the majority of Directors of Product Development (67 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$74,401 - $156,727
MEDIAN: $119,092

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National Salary Data (?
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$74,401 - $156,727  
$1,966 - $30,522  
Profit Sharing
$2,230 - $24,594  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$77,070 - $176,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 886
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Job Description for Director, Product Development

A director of product development has many responsibilities related to product development within their organization. Their main task is creating and then implementing a development strategy for their company. They are also responsible for the implementation of procedures related to product development. Directors of product development are also accountable for setting annual performance goals and conducting evaluations of the staff. In addition, they also need to develop and implement best practices for product designs. They train and guide subordinates within their staff and work well in a team setting.


Director, Product Development Tasks

  • Ensure products are produced according to design, quality, and price specifications.
  • Supervise product development process, coordinating department objectives and schedules.
  • Review new product ideas, present them to management, and work with other departments to determine feasibility.
  • Conduct market research to determine consumer needs and identify competitors.

Common Career Paths for Director, Product Development

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Many Directors of Product Development transition into upper-level VP of Product Development positions. VPs of Product Development earn a median of $151K per year.

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Popular Skills for Director, Product Development

Survey takers working as Directors of Product Development report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Leadership, Strategic Planning, and Software Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 18 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Design, Sourcing, and Project Management. It is often found that people who know Product Development are also skilled in Product Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Product Development

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $99K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $119K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $133K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $134K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $127,113

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Directors of Product Development in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Directors of Product Development will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Los Angeles (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Director, Product Development Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Director, Product Development Salaries

up arrow 24%

Strategic Planning
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Software Development
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Engineering Design
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Product Development
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People Management
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National Average

Product Marketing
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 votes.


33 %
67 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 5%