The average Research Department Manager in the United States earns approximately $84K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Research Department Managers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Most Research Department Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $83,518
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,663 - $140,391  
   
Bonus
$1,939 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$3,750  
Total Pay (?
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$39,773 - $145,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Hourly Rate
$15.25  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,939 - $20,273  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,750  
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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$39,773 - $145,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Department Manager

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


Research Department Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $68K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $59K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $123K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $129K on average.

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Key Stats for Research Department Manager

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
037
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Research Department Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 64%

Experienced
up arrow 57%

National Average
$78,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Skills That Affect Research Department Manager Salaries

National Average
$78,000


Budget Management
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People Management
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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