The average Research Department Manager in the United States earns approximately $84K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Research Department Managers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,756 - $140,592  
   
Bonus
$986 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$3,750  
Total Pay (?
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$40,675 - $144,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.50  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$986 - $20,273  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,750  
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).
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$40,675 - $144,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Research Department Manager

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $57K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $74K on average. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $123K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $113K.

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Experience Affects Research Department Manager Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 57%

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

National Average
$78,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Skills That Affect Research Department Manager Salaries

National Average
$78,000


Budget Management
up arrow 12%


People Management
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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