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

With just under three-fifths of Research & Development (R&D) Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Research & Development (R&D) Managers is $97,336 annually and can range from $49,216 on the lower end to $148,485 per year near the higher end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Research & Development (R&D) Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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Salary
$50,995 - $135,124  
   
Bonus
$302.01 - $19,541  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $12,229  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$49,216 - $148,485  
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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  
PayScale
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 (R&D) Managers' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Research & Development may get paid an extra $59K per year. The most common next step for Research & Development (R&D) Managers is moving into roles as Research & Development (R&D) Directors or Sr. Research & Development Managers, where they can expect an extra $36K or $34K per year.

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

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Research & Development (R&D) Managers who took the survey. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.
Research & Development (R&D) Managers generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $62K to $90K. Experienced workers—those with 10 to 20 years in the field—see salaries climb into six-figure territory, bringing in about $113K. After 20 years in the field, Research & Development (R&D) Managers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $122K. The largest number of Research & Development (R&D) Managers have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$97,000
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For Research & Development (R&D) Managers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 68 percent greater than the national average. Research & Development (R&D) 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). Place of residency plays a huge part in a Research & Development (R&D) Manager's salary, with Chicago Research & Development (R&D) Managers earning salaries that are 31 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (-14 percent) and New York (-13 percent).

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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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$97,000
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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