Research Department Manager Salary

For Research Department Managers, yearly average wages total $69K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Research Department Managers is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,089 - $120,048

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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.


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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Typical Research Department Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Data Analysis, Budget Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.

For many Research Department Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $53K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $66K. For Research Department Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $81K. Research Department Managers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $109K.

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Experience Affects Research Department Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Research Department Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.


59 %
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%