Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salary

Research & Development Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly more than half of Research & Development Managers. Salaries average out to around $93K per year and spread from $49K to $150K per year. Total incomes of Research & Development Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $49K and $150K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are more male Research & Development Managers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 66 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$49,837 - $136,163
(Median)
$50K
$93K
$140K
MEDIAN: $93,243
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$10.36 - $34.77
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$20
$35
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,837 - $136,163  
   
Bonus
$350.00 - $20,046  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $10,452  
Commission
$12,000  
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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$49,246 - $149,580  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,088
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $51.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$350.00 - $20,046  
   
Commission
$12,000  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $10,452  
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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$49,246 - $149,580  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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At the upper end, Research & Development Managers who move into a VP of Research & Development role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Research & Development is a much higher $160K 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 $39K higher and $34K higher, respectively.

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


Survey results suggest that Research & Development Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Product Development, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Problem Solving and Research Analysis. Those proficient in Product Development are, more often than not, also skilled in People Management and Research Analysis. People who know Project Management usually also 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.


Research & Development Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $65K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $91K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $112K. Research & Development Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $120K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,353

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 61 percent, Research & Development Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Research & Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent), Houston (+16 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Cleveland (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is New York, which sits 33 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Seattle (13 percent lower) and Chicago (12 percent lower).

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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

Engineering Design
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Problem Solving
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 208 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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