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Regulatory Affairs Director Salary

Salaries for Regulatory Affairs Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($134K) per year. Total cash compensation for Regulatory Affairs Directors runs from $78K to $211K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $42K and profit sharing that can reach almost $21K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$75,379 - $177,062
MEDIAN: $134,228

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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.
$75,379 - $177,062  
$2,925 - $41,577  
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).
$78,191 - $211,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 380

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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Regulatory Affairs Directors who took the survey. 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, Medical Devices, and Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Regulatory Affairs Director

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Regulatory Affairs Directors. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $94K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $119K. Regulatory Affairs Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $157K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $162K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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 58 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: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 4%