Regulatory Affairs Director Salary

On average, Regulatory Affairs Directors in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($135K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total incomes of Regulatory Affairs Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $41K from bonuses and close to $21K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $81K and $212K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$76,791 - $178,511
MEDIAN: $134,789

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$76,791 - $178,511  
$2,912 - $41,133  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $21,365  
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).
$80,627 - $211,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 398
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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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Survey takers who work as Regulatory Affairs Directors usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Regulatory Compliance, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Medical Devices can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Medical Devices, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Regulatory Compliance.

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. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $95K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $120K. Regulatory Affairs Directors see a median salary of $156K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Regulatory Affairs Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $164K.

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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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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Medical Devices
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.


56 %
44 %

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: 76% employee benefits None: 4%