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 a little over a half of Research & Development Managers. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $148K per year, but expected earnings average $93K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Research & Development Managers can bottom out near $49K or peak near $148K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career length and the specific company. There are more male Research & Development Managers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 66 percent. Job satisfaction for Research & Development Managers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,062 - $134,032
(Median)
$50K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,838
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$10.36 - $31.49
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$10
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,062 - $134,032  
   
Bonus
$7.86 - $19,714  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,345  
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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$49,183 - $147,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 960
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $31.49  
   
Overtime
$1.20 - $41.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$7.86 - $19,714  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,345  
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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$49,183 - $147,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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.

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 $157K per year. Research & Development Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Research & Development Directors or Senior Research & Development Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $38K higher and $34K higher, respectively.

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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Research & Development Managers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Product Development, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis. Those familiar with Product Development also tend to know 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $64K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $90K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $112K. Research & Development Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $121K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Research & Development Managers, 68 percent higher than the national average. Research & Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+34 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+21 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Research & Development Managers is geography, with workers in New York earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Chicago and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 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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National Average
$97,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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