Research Department Manager Salary

For Research Department Managers, yearly average wages total $70K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Research Department Managers (57 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,682 - $121,756
(Median)
$46K
$70K
$120K
MEDIAN: $69,873
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$45,682 - $121,756  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,030  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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.

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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 seem to negatively impact pay include People Management. It is not unusual for someone who knows Data Analysis to be familiar with Project Management as well.

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. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $55K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $66K. On average, Research Department Managers make $90K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $109K.

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Experience Affects Research Department Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Research Department Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Budget Management
0%

National Average
$68,000

People Management
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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