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Director, Product Development Salary (United States)

Directors of Product Development in the United States typically take home $117K annually. With some bonuses approaching $31K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $24K, overall incomes of Directors of Product Development spread between $75K and $178K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Most Directors of Product Development (69 percent) are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$69,526 - $157,093
MEDIAN: $117,284
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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.
$69,526 - $157,093  
$1,985 - $30,536  
Profit Sharing
$1,226 - $23,826  
$-0.49 - $29,163  
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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).
$75,224 - $177,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 661
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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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Directors of Product Development may enjoy an increase in earnings if they become VPs of Product Development. Typically, top-notch roles like VP of Product Development will offer $151K annually.

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Popular Skills for Director, Product Development

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Software Development, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 13 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Those listing Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Sourcing and People Management also typically command lower compensation. 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $116K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $100K. Directors of Product Development claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $134K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $138K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; slightly more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Directors of Product Development in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Also paying near the top of the field are San Jose, San Francisco, Chicago, and San Diego, where Directors of Product Development annually earn 35 percent, 28 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent more than the national average. Directors of Product Development' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Directors of Product Development in Atlanta bring in salaries that are 28 percent lower than the national average. Cleveland and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Director, Product Development Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director, Product Development Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%