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

Just under three-fifths of Research & Development Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $49K to $148K per year, and the average number comes out to $93K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Research & Development Managers can bottom out near $49K or peak near $148K depending on individual performance. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all workers, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Male Research & Development Managers are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) of Research & Development Managers are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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$49,216 - $148,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 889
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Hourly Rate
$10.23 - $32.13  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $58.72  
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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  
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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Research & Development Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Research & Development. VPs of Research & Development bring home $156K per year on average. Research & Development Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Research & Development Directors or Senior Research & Development Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $36K higher and $34K higher, respectively.

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

Professional skills reported by Research & Development Managers are few in number. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis. For most people, competency in Product Development indicates knowledge of 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.
Research & Development Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $90K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $113K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $122K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. The majority of Research & Development Managers have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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$97,000
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For Research & Development Managers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 68 percent greater than the national average. Research & Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+34 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), Tampa (+14 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Chicago Research & Development Managers earning much less — 31 percent less — than the national average. Los Angeles and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, 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

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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%