Research & Development (R&D) Director Salary

Salaries for Research & Development Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($129K) per year. 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. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$81,625 - $165,937

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Salary
$81,625 - $165,937  
   
Bonus
$1,011 - $31,049  
Profit Sharing
$2,061 - $15,478  
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 - $187,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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


Research & Development Directors generally report applying a varied skill set 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 22 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Biotechnology and Project Management. Those familiar with Product Development also tend to know 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $98K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $120K. On average, Research & Development Directors make $145K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $156K.

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



National Average
$139,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

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

Clinical Research
up arrow 22%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 7%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Product Development
0%

National Average
$139,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Biotechnology
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
17%
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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