Regulatory Affairs Director Salary

Wages for Regulatory Affairs Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($135K) per year. In the world of Regulatory Affairs Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $41K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $21K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $78K and $212K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Regulatory Affairs Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Women make up a slight majority of Regulatory Affairs Directors (57 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$75,067 - $178,999

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National Salary Data (?
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$75,067 - $178,999  
$2,916 - $41,109  
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).
$77,571 - $212,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 401
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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 results show that Regulatory Affairs Directors typically report just a few professional 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 pay less than market rate 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.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Inexperienced workers earn around $95K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $120K. Regulatory Affairs Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $156K. 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 $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 54 votes.


57 %
43 %

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%