Research Director Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Research Director is $84,854 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
Research Director Salary (?
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$49,465 - $149,942
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $84,854
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Research Director Salary (?
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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
$49,465 - $149,942  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,375  
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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$48,971 - $161,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 644
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 - $25,375  
   
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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$48,971 - $161,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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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Baltimore
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Boston
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Philadelphia
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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

Project Management
0%
National Average
$87,000
Market Research
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Budget Management
up arrow 13%
Technical Writing
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

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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
18%

Common Health Benefits

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