Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salary (United States)

With more than half of Research & Development (R&D) Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Research & Development (R&D) Managers is $97,336 per year and can range from $49,216 on the lower end to $148,485 per year near the higher end. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $19,541 from bonuses and more than $12,229 from profit sharing—stretch from around $50,995 to approximately $135,124. Residency and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; the vast majority get medical and dental insurance, and a majority get vision plans, too. Most Research & Development (R&D) Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salary (?
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$50,995 - $135,124
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MEDIAN: $93,372
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,995 - $135,124  
   
Bonus
$302.01 - $19,541  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $12,229  
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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$49,216 - $148,485  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 889
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.23 - $32.13  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $58.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$302.01 - $19,541  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,000  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $12,229  
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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$49,216 - $148,485  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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As Research & Development (R&D) Managers make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $59K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as VP of Research & Development. Research & Development (R&D) Managers moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Research & Development (R&D) Directors or Sr. Research & Development Managers, where paychecks increase by $36K or $34K per year.

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

Research & Development (R&D) Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with People Management and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis. Most people who know Product Development 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.
For many but not all Research & Development (R&D) Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $62K, increasing to $90K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures, with the typical worker pulling down $113K. Research & Development (R&D) Managers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $122K. Research & Development (R&D) Managers with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Research & Development (R&D) Managers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 68 percent greater than the national average. Research & Development (R&D) Managers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+34 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), Tampa (+14 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Research & Development (R&D) Managers in Chicago earning a whopping 31 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and New York (-14 percent and -13 percent, respectively).

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

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$97,000

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

Product Development
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 258 votes.

Gender

Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 7%
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