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Director, Product Development Salary

Directors of Product Development in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $118K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $31K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $25K, overall incomes of Directors of Product Development spread between $76K and $177K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Directors of Product Development who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Directors of Product Development report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,414 - $157,096
MEDIAN: $118,165

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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.
$72,414 - $157,096  
$2,004 - $30,909  
Profit Sharing
$1,957 - $25,061  
$1,500 - $25,000  
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).
$76,295 - $177,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 786

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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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Moving into a VP of Product Development position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $151K annually.

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Popular Skills for Director, Product Development

Directors of Product Development report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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, 19 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing Sourcing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Design and Project Management also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know 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.

Directors of Product Development do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $98K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $115K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Product Development make a median salary of $134K. 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 $138K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Directors of Product Development in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Product Development will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+27 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Directors of Product Development in Atlanta report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles and Seattle (8 percent lower and 5 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 19%

Product Management
up arrow 14%

Software Development
up arrow 12%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 2%

National Average

Product Marketing
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

up arrow 17%

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 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: 68% employee benefits None: 5%