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Director, Product Development Salary

Directors of Product Development in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $119K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $31K and $25K, respectively — total cash payment to Directors of Product Development can bottom out near $76K or peak near $178K depending on individual performance. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of Directors of Product Development are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$72,814 - $157,482
MEDIAN: $118,633

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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.
$72,814 - $157,482  
$1,997 - $30,613  
Profit Sharing
$1,957 - $25,061  
$-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).
$76,343 - $177,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 816

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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

Survey results show that Directors of Product Development use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Software Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 23 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Design, Sourcing, and Project Management. Most people experienced in Product Development also know Product Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Product Development

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $98K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $116K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $134K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $137K.

Pay Difference by 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 (+27 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, Atlanta Directors of Product Development have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (8 percent lower) and Seattle (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Director, Product Development Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Director, Product Development Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 25%

up arrow 23%

Product Management
up arrow 11%

Software Development
up arrow 11%

Product Development
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National Average

People Management
up arrow 1%

Product Marketing
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

up arrow 10%

up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 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: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 4%