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 $118K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Directors of Product Development — including $30K in bonuses and $24K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $76K to $176K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Directors of Product Development claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Directors of Product Development (67 percent) survey respondents are male. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,870 - $156,200
MEDIAN: $118,216

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$72,870 - $156,200  
$1,991 - $30,315  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $24,212  
$-0.49 - $29,163  
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).
$76,463 - $176,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 815
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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 advance into a slightly higher-paying VP of Product Development position. Average compensation for VPs of Product Development is $151K.

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Popular Skills for Director, Product Development

Directors of Product Development report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Product Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 24 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Design, Sourcing, and Project Management. Most people skilled in Product Development are similarly competent in Product Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Product Development

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

Directors of Product Development with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $96K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $116K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $133K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $136K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Product Development, 38 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Product Development can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Directors of Product Development' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Directors of Product Development in Atlanta bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Los Angeles and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Director, Product Development Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Director, Product Development Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 26%

up arrow 24%

Product Management
up arrow 13%

Software Development
up arrow 11%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 1%

National Average

Product Marketing
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

up arrow 9%

up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 4%