Research Department Manager Salary

Median pay for Research Department Managers in the United States is around $70K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Research Department Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$45,682 - $121,756
MEDIAN: $69,873

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$43,320 - $125,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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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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. During the first five years of their careers, Research Department Managers see a median income of $55K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $66K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Research Department Managers make a median salary of $90K. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $109K.

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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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Budget Management

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Job Satisfaction

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


57 %
43 %

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: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 11%