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Research Director Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Research Director is $84,859 per year. A skill in People Management is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.
Research Director Salary (?
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$50,083 - $148,249
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $84,858
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Research Director Salary (?
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$10.99 - $60.82
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$50,083 - $148,249  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,256  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $24,955  
Commission
$10,000 - $20,000  
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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$49,585 - $158,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 694
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.99 - $60.82  
   
Overtime
$8.06 - $37.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,256  
   
Commission
$10,000 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $24,955  
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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$49,585 - $158,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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Job Description for Research Director

A research director oversees an organization's research and development department. The research director drives team members to use the scientific method to push the boundaries of human knowledge and develop new technologies that expand the frontier of an industry.
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Research Director Tasks
  • Design methods for evaluating the effectiveness of research programs.
  • Oversee the operation of laboratories and research sites and ensure compliance with institutional and government regulations.
  • Developing research objectives and writing proposals.
  • Manage the research budget and the allocation of funds.

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Director

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
up arrow 63%
San Diego
up arrow 35%
up arrow 27%
Boston
up arrow 26%
Baltimore
up arrow 25%
Philadelphia
up arrow 11%
up arrow 1%
National Average
$88,000
Denver
up arrow 1%
Minneapolis
up arrow 4%
Nashville
up arrow 19%
Chicago
up arrow 24%
Raleigh
up arrow 27%
Portland
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Experience Affects Research Director Salaries

National Average
$88,000

Skills That Affect Research Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 13%
Project Management
0%
National Average
$88,000
Proposal Writing
up arrow 2%
Market Research
up arrow 3%
Budget Management
up arrow 13%
Technical Writing
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%