Research & Development (R&D) Manager, Pharmaceuticals Salary

Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just over a half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $63K to $154K per year, median earnings come to $99K annually. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Managers survey respondents are men (74 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,402 - $139,941
MEDIAN: $98,954

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$63,439 - $153,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Job Description for Research & Development (R&D) Manager, Pharmaceuticals

A research & development (R&D) manager for pharmaceuticals supervises the work of teams developing new drugs and/or improving existing drugs. The R&D manager carefully directs team members in working toward various research goals, as well as compiling data regarding the team's findings. As the manager, this person typically uses this data to issue progress reports to a director or vice president of R&D; these reports help the company accurately forecast when theoretical research or trials may result in practical application in marketable drug therapies. It also allows the manager and the executives to whom he or she reports to direct or refocus research as needed.


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


26 %
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 2%