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Regulatory Affairs Director Salary

Regulatory Affairs Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $134K annually. Total cash compensation for Regulatory Affairs Directors runs from $76K to $209K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $41K and profit sharing that can reach almost $21K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Regulatory Affairs Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Regulatory Affairs Directors (55 percent) survey respondents. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,912 - $176,716
MEDIAN: $134,003

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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.
$73,912 - $176,716  
$2,869 - $40,892  
Profit Sharing
$2,576 - $20,533  
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).
$76,228 - $209,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 376

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Job Description for Regulatory Affairs Director

All businesses must operate within parameters established by internal regulations and relevant laws. Some businesses, such as food production and medicine, are governed by more (and stricter) laws; for these organizations, it is especially important to ensure regulations are constantly and consistently followed. The director of regulatory affairs directs their organization's development of internal regulatory policies, and they monitor internal practices to ensure all of the organization's operations remain in compliance with government regulations. The director also work with regulatory agencies, as required, to address concerns. Additionally, most companies have a regulatory affairs committee, which the director of regulatory affairs coordinates.


Regulatory Affairs Director Tasks

  • Provide appropriate communication and guidance to management and other internal functional areas responsible for submitting required regulatory documentation.
  • Develop company regulatory strategy.
  • Advise the company on the regulatory aspects and climate that would affect proposed activities.
  • Serve as primary regulatory representative responsible for facilitating all regulatory agency interactions.

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Regulatory Affairs Directors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Regulatory Compliance, Medical Devices, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Medical Devices.

Pay by Experience Level for Regulatory Affairs Director

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

Regulatory Affairs Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $87K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $118K. Regulatory Affairs Directors see a median salary of $157K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $159K.

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Experience Affects Regulatory Affairs Director Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Regulatory Affairs Director Salaries

National Average

Regulatory Compliance
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Medical Devices
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.


55 %
45 %

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: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 4%