Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salary

Research & Development Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $49K to $148K per year, median earnings come to $93K per year. Total cash compensation to Research & Development Managers approaches anywhere from $49K on the lower end to $148K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. For the most part, Research & Development Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more male Research & Development Managers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. 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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$50,245 - $134,555
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$50K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,791
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$10.36 - $31.49
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$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,245 - $134,555  
   
Bonus
$-0.41 - $19,699  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,345  
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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$49,333 - $148,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 963
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $31.49  
   
Overtime
$1.20 - $41.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.41 - $19,699  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,345  
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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$49,333 - $148,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Research & Development Managers who go on to become VPs of Research & Development may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Research & Development is $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 $38K higher and $34K higher, respectively.

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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Research & Development Managers who took the survey. 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 skilled in Product Development are similarly competent in 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 Research & Development Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $64K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $90K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $112K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $122K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Research & Development Managers, 69 percent above the national average. Research & Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+34 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). Research & Development Managers in New York report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 28 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Chicago and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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