Research Department Manager Salary

An average Research Department Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $69K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Research Department Managers (60 percent) who took the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,851 - $118,378
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$45K
$69K
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MEDIAN: $68,546
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$44,851 - $118,378  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,289  
Profit Sharing
$1,050 - $5,000  
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$42,852 - $122,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Job Description for Research Department Manager

Positions as a research department manager are available in a wide variety of industries and businesses, as many large companies conduct internal research for products and services on a regular basis. This will include everything from basic non-tech companies to highly-advanced industries such as medicine or electronics. Because of this variety, the required experience often depends on the particular job, but many require specific knowledge of the industry to succeed in this role.

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Research Department Manager Tasks

  • Manage data capture processes, setting standards and auditing procedures.
  • Analyze and report on initiatives, budget, strategies, and research.
  • Write plans for and direct research and development, including goals and metrics.
  • Hire, train, mentor, discipline, and terminate staff.

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Research Department Managers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Data Analysis, Budget Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management. Many workers who know Data Analysis also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Department Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Research Department Managers. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $53K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $67K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $78K in this role. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $106K.

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Experience Affects Research Department Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Research Department Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 13%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$68,000

People Management
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%
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