The average salary for a Research & Development (R&D) Director is $125,459 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Clinical Research, Intellectual Property (IP), and Molecular Biology.
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$77,365 - $163,027
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$77,365 - $163,027  
   
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$2,012 - $30,401  
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$2,457 - $19,518  
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$79,467 - $184,176  
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Job Description for Research & Development (R&D) Director
Research and development (R&D) directors oversee their company's R&D department(s). As such, they are responsible for ensuring that companies meet their objectives for researching and developing new products or technologies and improve existing products. To accomplish these goals, R&D directors lead their company's research staff. They must ensure that their companies correctly understand and anticipate market demand, planning and developing products to meet consumer needs and remain competitive in the marketplace.
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Research & Development (R&D) Director Tasks
  • In accordance with company objectives develop and monitor research plans and budgets for R&D projects, ensuring projects are completed on time and within cost objectives.
  • Drive accountability, consistency, quality, and process standardization across all phases of research and development.
  • Direct the Research and Development (R&D) program, from new product proposal to commercialization.
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Pay Difference By Location
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National Average
$135,000
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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Director Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$135,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Research & Development (R&D) Director Salaries

Clinical Research
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Intellectual Property (IP)
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Molecular Biology
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People Management
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Product Development
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National Average
$135,000
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Gender
Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
29%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 8%
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