Research Department Manager Salary

The average Research Department Manager in the United States earns approximately $69K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. More than half of Research Department Managers (60 percent) survey participants are women. Most Research Department Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$44,803 - $118,496

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$44,803 - $118,496  
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$1,050 - $5,000  
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$42,799 - $122,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management. Data Analysis and Project Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $53K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $67K on average. Research Department Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $80K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $106K on average.

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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.


60 %
40 %

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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%