Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salary

The majority of Research & Development Managers in the United States — more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $49K to $150K per year, and the median is $93K per year. Total cash compensation for Research & Development Managers runs from $49K to $150K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Research & Development Managers is high. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Research & Development Managers are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,837 - $136,163
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$50K
$93K
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MEDIAN: $93,243
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$10.36 - $34.77
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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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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Research & Development Managers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as VP of Research & Development. The latter position pays an average of $160K annually. Typical career progression for a Research & Development Manager involves becoming a Research & Development Director or a Senior Research & Development Manager, roles that pay $39K more and $34K more on average.

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


Research & Development Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Product Development, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Problem Solving and Research Analysis. A tool kit that includes Project Management also typically contains Research Analysis and People Management. It is often found that people who know Product Development are also skilled 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $65K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $91K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $112K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $120K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,353

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

For those looking to make money, Research & Development Managers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 61 percent above the national average. Research & Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent), Houston (+16 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Cleveland (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with New York Research & Development Managers earning much less — 33 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Seattle (13 percent lower) and Chicago (12 percent lower).

Research & Development (R&D) Manager Reviews

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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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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