Research & Development Managers earn around $95K annually on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in San Jose, offering approximately $156K at the median. Research & Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+32 percent), Houston (+23 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+15 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,594 - $134,349
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MEDIAN: $94,586
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$15.28 - $52.53
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,594 - $134,349  
   
Bonus
$986 - $20,566  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $10,357  
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$51,174 - $145,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 704
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $52.53  
   
Overtime
$1.57 - $99.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$986 - $20,566  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $10,357  
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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$51,174 - $145,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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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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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 $161K per year. A common career progression for a Research & Development Manager is to become a Research & Development Director or a Senior Research & Development Manager. Compared to Research & Development Managers, the first group earns $40K more on average, and the second group earns $33K more.

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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, facility with Operations Management, Material Science, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 33 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Clinical Research, Innovation, and Problem Solving. Most people skilled in Product Development are similarly competent 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $72K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $89K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $110K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $118K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,233

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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
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.
035
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salaries



National Average
$98,000



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

Operations Management
up arrow 34%

Material Science
up arrow 33%





National Average
$98,000



Innovation
up arrow 7%

Clinical Research
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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