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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 a little more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $94K annually, but may range from $49K to $148K per year. In the world of Research & Development Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $49K and $148K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $10K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Research & Development Managers is high. More than half of Research & Development Managers (67 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,205 - $134,479
(Median)
$50K
$94K
$130K
MEDIAN: $93,512
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50%
90%

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$10.27 - $31.91
(Median)
$10
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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
$50,205 - $134,479  
   
Bonus
$10.00 - $19,684  
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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$49,206 - $147,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 947
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
$10.27 - $31.91  
   
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
$10.00 - $19,684  
   
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).
)
$49,206 - $147,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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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 who transition into a VP of Research & Development role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $157K per year. The most common next step for a Research & Development Manager is to become a Research & Development Director or a Senior Research & Development Manager. The former position pays an additional $36K per year on average, and the latter position pays $33K more per year.

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


Research & Development Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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. Those familiar with Product Development also tend to 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Research & Development Managers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $65K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $91K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $112K. Research & Development Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $121K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Research & Development Managers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 67 percent above the national average. Research & Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+33 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). Research & Development Managers in New York earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in Chicago and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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



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$98,000



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



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 224 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%