Research & Development (R&D) Director Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Research & Development (R&D) Director is $126,004 per year. A skill in Clinical Research is associated with high pay for this job.
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$78,124 - $163,650
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$78,124 - $163,650  
   
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$1,963 - $30,562  
Profit Sharing
$2,230 - $14,983  
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$80,179 - $184,775  
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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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Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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San Diego
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San Francisco
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Houston
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National Average
$136,000
Boston
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Los Angeles
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Chicago
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New York
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Atlanta
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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Director Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$136,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Research & Development (R&D) Director Salaries

Clinical Research
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Research Analysis
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Molecular Biology
up arrow 9%
Intellectual Property (IP)
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People Management
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Product Development
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National Average
$136,000
Project Management
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Gender

Female
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Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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