The average salary for a Research Director is $84,730 per year. Experience strongly influences pay for this job.
Research Director Total Pay (?
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$49,437 - $151,210
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Research Director Total Pay (?
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$11.08 - $64.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,437 - $151,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,266  
Profit Sharing
$654 - $24,822  
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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$49,039 - $162,989  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 555
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Hourly Rate
$11.08 - $64.96  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,266  
   
Profit Sharing
$654 - $24,822  
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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$49,039 - $162,989  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 555
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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$87,000
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Experience Affects Research Director Salaries

National Average
$87,000

Skills That Affect Research Director Salaries

National Average
$87,000
Project Management
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Market Research
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Policy Analysis
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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: 60% employee benefits None: 8%
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