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Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salary

Research & Development Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below three-fifths of Research & Development Managers. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $148K per year, but expected earnings average $93K annually. Overall cash earnings for Research & Development Managers stretch from $49K on the lower end to $148K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Research & Development Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Research & Development Managers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,406 - $134,629
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$50K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $93,469
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$10.27 - $31.91
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$19
$32
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,406 - $134,629  
   
Bonus
$30.41 - $19,746  
Profit Sharing
$952 - $11,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$49,070 - $148,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 922
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $31.91  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $58.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$30.41 - $19,746  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,000  
Profit Sharing
$952 - $11,000  
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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$49,070 - $148,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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


Typical Research & Development Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Project Management, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 7 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis. For most people, competency in Product Development indicates knowledge of Research Analysis and People Management.

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

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


For many Research & Development Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $90K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $114K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $120K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Research & Development Managers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Research & Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+34 percent), Irvine (+28 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with New York Research & Development Managers earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Seattle (18 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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



National Average
$97,000



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



Product Development
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$97,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%