Research Director Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Research Director is $85,743 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
Research Director Total Pay (?
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$49,598 - $150,177
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MEDIAN: $85,743
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Research Director Total Pay (?
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$10.87 - $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
$49,598 - $150,177  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,341  
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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$49,104 - $162,109  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 646
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $61.00  
   
Overtime
$8.06 - $37.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,341  
   
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).
)
$49,104 - $162,109  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 646
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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 Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Baltimore
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Boston
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Seattle
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$88,000
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Experience Affects Research Director Salaries

National Average
$88,000

Skills That Affect Research Director Salaries

National Average
$88,000
Project Management
up arrow 1%
Market Research
up arrow 4%
Policy Analysis
up arrow 10%
Technical Writing
up arrow 32%

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Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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