Median pay for Research & Development Managers in the United States is around $93K annually, but employers in San Jose offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $156K. Research & Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+34 percent), Houston (+26 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Minneapolis (+16 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,943 - $133,278
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$51K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,724
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$15.25 - $52.71
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$15
$26
$53
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,943 - $133,278  
   
Bonus
$1,008 - $20,483  
Profit Sharing
$779 - $10,186  
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$50,570 - $145,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 699
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.25 - $52.71  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,008 - $20,483  
   
Profit Sharing
$779 - $10,186  
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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$50,570 - $145,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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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At the upper end, Research & Development Managers who move into a VP of Research & Development role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Research & Development is a much higher $160K per year. It is quite typical for Research & Development Managers to transition into roles as Research & Development Directors or Senior Research & Development Managers, where reported median earnings are $40K and $34K higher per year.

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


Research & Development Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Lucky workers who know Operations Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. People Management and Engineering Design are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 35 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Clinical Research, Innovation, and Problem Solving. Those educated in Product Development tend to be well versed in People Management and Research Analysis.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $71K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $90K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $109K. 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 $118K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,039

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Research & Development (R&D) Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Research & Development (R&D) Manager?

Research & Development (R&D) Manager in Cottonwood:
"Great."
Pros: I like that I get to do things that no one else has ever done. Creating products that can potentially become part of something big.
Cons: I don't like that there is so much work and not enough time in the day to finish them. Most days it's like that. Some days it's completely at a stand still. Those two things I dislike the most.

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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

Operations Management
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Project Management
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Product Development
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National Average
$97,000

Research Analysis
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Innovation
up arrow 6%

Clinical Research
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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