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Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salary

Research & Development Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $93K per year, but may range from $49K to $148K 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 $148K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Research & Development Managers are male. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Research & Development Managers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,213 - $134,489
(Median)
$50K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $93,291
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$10.36 - $31.49
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$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary 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
Salary
$50,213 - $134,489  
   
Bonus
$293.61 - $19,762  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $10,349  
Commission
$0.00 - $13,500  
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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$49,334 - $148,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 954
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $31.49  
   
Overtime
$9.10 - $50.00  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$293.61 - $19,762  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,500  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $10,349  
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).
)
$49,334 - $148,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Research & Development. The average VP of Research & Development brings home $157K per year. Typical career progression for a Research & Development Manager involves becoming a Research & Development Director or a Senior Research & Development Manager, roles that pay $37K more and $33K more on average.

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


Survey takers who work as Research & Development Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Product Development, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Research & Development Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $63K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $91K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $112K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $121K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Research & Development Managers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 68 percent above the national average. Research & Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+33 percent) and San Francisco (+24 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Research & Development Managers is geography, with workers in New York earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (17 percent less) and Seattle (14 percent less).

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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



Product Development
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National Average
$98,000

Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 214 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: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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