Research & Development (R&D) Director Salary

On average, Research & Development Directors in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($129K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total cash compensation to Research & Development Directors approaches anywhere from $83K on the lower end to $188K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $31K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Research & Development Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$81,625 - $165,737
(Median)
$82K
$130K
$170K
MEDIAN: $129,016
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$81,625 - $165,737  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $31,115  
Profit Sharing
$2,054 - $15,495  
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).
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$83,490 - $188,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 699
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Job Description for Research & Development (R&D) Director

Research and development (R&D) directors oversee their company's R&D department(s). As such, they are responsible for ensuring that companies meet their objectives for researching and developing new products or technologies and improve existing products. To accomplish these goals, R&D directors lead their company's research staff. They must ensure that their companies correctly understand and anticipate market demand, planning and developing products to meet consumer needs and remain competitive in the marketplace.

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Research & Development (R&D) Director Tasks

  • In accordance with company objectives develop and monitor research plans and budgets for R&D projects, ensuring projects are completed on time and within cost objectives.
  • Drive accountability, consistency, quality, and process standardization across all phases of research and development.
  • Direct the Research and Development (R&D) program, from new product proposal to commercialization.

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Popular Skills for Research & Development (R&D) Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Clinical Research and Intellectual Property (IP) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Biotechnology and Project Management. Those educated in Product Development tend to be well versed in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Research & Development (R&D) Director

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Research & Development Directors. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $98K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $120K. Research & Development Directors see a median salary of $146K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $156K.

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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Director Salaries



National Average
$140,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

Skills That Affect Research & Development (R&D) Director Salaries

Clinical Research
up arrow 32%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 7%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Product Development
0%

National Average
$140,000

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Biotechnology
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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