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Director, Product Development Salary

Directors of Product Development in the United States take home approximately $117K annually on average. Total cash earnings of Directors of Product Development range from $76K on the low end to $177K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $23K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of Directors of Product Development claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Directors of Product Development who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$71,012 - $156,797
MEDIAN: $117,221

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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.
$71,012 - $156,797  
$2,010 - $30,384  
Profit Sharing
$1,237 - $23,489  
$-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).
$75,853 - $177,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 713
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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 often transition into upper-level roles, like VP of Product Development, where average pay is $151K per year.

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Popular Skills for Director, Product Development

Survey results suggest that Directors of Product Development use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Product Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 23 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Those listing Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Sourcing and People Management also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Product Development tend to be well versed 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $100K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $116K. Directors of Product Development who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $133K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $136K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Directors of Product Development in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Product Development can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+34 percent), San Francisco (+29 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Directors of Product Development in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. Workers in Cleveland and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 8 percent less, 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%

Product Management
up arrow 23%

up arrow 19%

Software Development
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Product Development
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Product Marketing
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National Average

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.


32 %
68 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%