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Regulatory Affairs Director Salary

Regulatory Affairs Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $134K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation for Regulatory Affairs Directors runs from $77K to $210K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $41K and profit sharing that can reach almost $21K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Regulatory Affairs Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Regulatory Affairs Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$74,425 - $176,618
MEDIAN: $134,439

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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.
$74,425 - $176,618  
$2,912 - $41,389  
Profit Sharing
$2,466 - $20,820  
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).
$76,937 - $210,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375

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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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $91K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $120K. Regulatory Affairs Directors see a median salary of $157K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Regulatory Affairs Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $161K on average.

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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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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.


54 %
46 %

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: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 4%