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Director, Product Development Salary

Generous salaries abound for Directors of Product Development in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($118K) per year. 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 $178K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Directors of Product Development who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. For the most part, Directors of Product Development enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$72,970 - $157,489
MEDIAN: $118,291

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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.
$72,970 - $157,489  
$1,998 - $30,646  
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).
$76,599 - $177,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 802

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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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A lot of Directors of Product Development move on to become VPs of Product Development, that group gets paid a slightly higher $151K on average.

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Popular Skills for Director, Product Development

Directors of Product Development seem to require a number of specific 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, 24 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.

For Directors of Product Development, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $98K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $116K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Product Development make a median salary of $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 $137K.

Pay Difference by Location

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Directors of Product Development, 38 percent above the national average. Directors of Product Development can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, Atlanta Directors of Product Development have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (7 percent less) and Seattle (5 percent less).

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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 24%

Software Development
up arrow 11%

Product Management
up arrow 7%

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 9%

up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 4%