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Research Department Manager Salary

Earnings for Research Department Managers in the United States come in at around $68K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Research Department Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,424 - $119,198
MEDIAN: $67,959

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$43,424 - $119,198  
$0.00 - $19,574  
Profit Sharing
$1,800 - $5,057  
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).
$43,686 - $123,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122

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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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Survey takers who work as 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management. Aptitude in Data Analysis tends to also indicate an understanding of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Department Manager

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Research Department Managers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $54K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $66K on average. Research Department Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $77K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $106K.

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Experience Affects Research Department Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Research Department Manager Salaries

Project Management
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Data Analysis
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Budget Management
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National Average

People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%