Research Director Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Research Director is $85,099 per year. A skill in Clinical Research is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.
Research Director Total Pay (?
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$49,697 - $149,985
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MEDIAN: $85,099
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Research Director Total Pay (?
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$11.38 - $61.00
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,697 - $149,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,106  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $25,073  
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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$49,354 - $161,650  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 615
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $61.00  
   
Overtime
$8.06 - $37.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $25,073  
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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$49,354 - $161,650  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 615
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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

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Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Baltimore
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Arlington
up arrow 22%
Miami
up arrow 22%
Boston
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Seattle
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National Average
$88,000
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Raleigh
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Experience Affects Research Director Salaries

National Average
$88,000

Skills That Affect Research Director Salaries

Clinical Research
up arrow 19%
Project Management
0%
National Average
$88,000
Market Research
up arrow 3%
Policy Analysis
up arrow 8%
Technical Writing
up arrow 32%

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Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 8%
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