Regulatory Affairs Director Salary

Average pay for Regulatory Affairs Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($135K). Total cash compensation to Regulatory Affairs Directors approaches anywhere from $79K on the lower end to $213K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $41K from bonuses and upwards of $21K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Regulatory Affairs Directors. Women Regulatory Affairs Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$76,131 - $180,138
MEDIAN: $134,876

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$76,131 - $180,138  
$2,966 - $41,010  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $21,141  
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).
$78,680 - $212,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 422
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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. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Medical Devices, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Legal Compliance, Medical Devices, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For many Regulatory Affairs Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $96K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $120K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Regulatory Affairs Directors make a median salary of $158K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $163K on average.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

National Average

Regulatory Compliance
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Medical Devices
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Legal Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 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: 96% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 3%