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Research Department Manager Salary

For Research Department Managers, annual average wages total $66K per year. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Department Managers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Research Department Managers (56 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,489 - $119,579
MEDIAN: $65,995

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$42,489 - $119,579  
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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).
$43,280 - $122,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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 report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Budget Management, Data Analysis, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management. Many workers who know Data Analysis also know Project Management.

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 $53K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $65K. Research Department Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $110K 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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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.


56 %
44 %

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: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 4%