Research Department Manager Salary

Research Department Managers in the United States take home an average $68K annually. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Research Department Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Research Department Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,136 - $120,788
MEDIAN: $67,959

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$43,136 - $120,788  
$0.00 - $19,392  
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$1,800 - $5,057  
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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).
$43,340 - $125,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124

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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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Research Department Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management. Employees educated in Data Analysis are typically practiced in Project Management, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Department 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $55K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $66K. Research Department Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $77K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $113K.

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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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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.


58 %
42 %

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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%