Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salary

The median salary for Research & Development Managers in the United States is approximately $94K annually, but employers pay the most in San Jose, offering around $156K on average. Research & Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+34 percent), Boston (+18 percent), Cincinnati (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,119 - $133,782
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MEDIAN: $93,716
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$15.40 - $52.04
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MEDIAN: $26.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,119 - $133,782  
   
Bonus
$977 - $20,555  
Profit Sharing
$784 - $10,406  
Total Pay (?
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$51,496 - $144,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 684
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$15.40 - $52.04  
   
Overtime
$1.57 - $99.33  
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$977 - $20,555  
   
Profit Sharing
$784 - $10,406  
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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$51,496 - $144,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Job Description for Research & Development (R&D) Manager

Research and development managers lead a team of employees in conducting research and development for an organization. This may include investigating technology development, concept development, and new product development, among other areas. Many times, research and development teams work to improve an existing product or service. They identify areas for improvement and how any changes might be conducted. Research and development managers oversee this process and suggest recommendations to the organization's leaders.

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Research & Development (R&D) Manager Tasks

  • Responsible for management of a team or group of employees.
  • Ensure that program objectives are determined and met, logistics are effectively coordinated and budgets are adhered to.
  • Provide technical oversight and expertise as required.
  • Plan and implement the development of new processes in areas of research generally dealing with the life or physical sciences.

Common Career Paths for Research & Development (R&D) Manager


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Research & Development Managers who transition into a VP of Research & Development role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $162K per year. When Research & Development Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Research & Development Directors or Senior Research & Development Managers. Those roles pay an additional $41K and $34K, respectively.

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


Research & Development Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Material Science, and Chemistry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 24 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Innovation, Clinical Research, and Problem Solving. It is often found that people who know Product Development are also skilled in People Management and Research Analysis.

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

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


Research & Development Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $72K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $88K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $111K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $118K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,242

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Research & Development (R&D) Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research & Development (R&D) Manager?

Research & Development (R&D) Manager in Cottonwood:
`"$Great."`
Pros: I like that I get to do things that no one else has ever done. Creating products that can potentially become part of something big.
Cons: I don't like that there is so much work and not enough time in the day to finish them. Most days it's like that. Some days it's completely at a stand still. Those two things I dislike the most.

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Key Stats for Research & Development (R&D) Manager

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salaries

▲21%

▲14%

National Average
$97,000

▼9%

▼26%

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

Operations Management
▲35%

Material Science
▲24%

Chemistry
▲15%





National Average
$97,000



Clinical Research
▼16%

Innovation
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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