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). With some bonuses approaching $41K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $21K, overall incomes of Regulatory Affairs Directors spread between $79K and $212K depending on individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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 57 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Regulatory Affairs Directors. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$76,257 - $178,815
MEDIAN: $134,789

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$76,257 - $178,815  
$2,916 - $41,137  
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).
$79,425 - $212,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 400
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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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Professional skills reported by Regulatory Affairs Directors are few in number. 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.

Regulatory Affairs Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $95K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $120K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $156K in this role. Regulatory Affairs Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers 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 56 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: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 3%