Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salary

Research & Development Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little more than half of Research & Development Managers. Pay fluctuates from $50K to $148K per year, but expected earnings average $93K annually. Cash earnings for Research & Development Managers — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $50K to approximately $148K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though tenure and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Research & Development Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Research & Development Managers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 66 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,392 - $134,288

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$10.36 - $31.49

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,392 - $134,288  
   
Bonus
$0.46 - $19,700  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,355  
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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$49,509 - $147,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 956
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $31.49  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $50.00  
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
$0.46 - $19,700  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,355  
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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$49,509 - $147,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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For Research & Development Managers, progressing to a VP of Research & Development role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP of Research & Development can earn $157K annually. Career advancement for the typical Research & Development Manager often leads to becoming a Research & Development Director or a Senior Research & Development Manager; median salaries in these positions are $37K higher and $34K higher, respectively.

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


Research & Development Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Research Analysis. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $64K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $90K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $112K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $122K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Research & Development Managers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 69 percent greater than the national average. Research & Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+34 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is New York, which sits 28 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 Chicago (15 percent lower) and Los Angeles (14 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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$97,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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