Research & Development (R&D) Director Salary

Research & Development Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $130K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash earnings of Research & Development Directors range from $80K on the low end to $199K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $38K and $28K, respectively. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Research & Development Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$76,500 - $180,651
$76K
$130K
$180K
MEDIAN: $127,344
10%
50%
90%

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$14.99 - $52.90
$45
MEDIAN: $45.00
50%

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$0$204K
Salary $76,500 - $180,651
Bonus $1,441 - $38,715
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $35,564
Commission $6,000
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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$79,559 - $204,528
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 430
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $45.00
Overtime $0.00
Annual Data $0$204K
Bonus $1,441 - $38,715
Commission $6,000
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $35,564
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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$79,559 - $204,528
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6

Job Description for Research & Development (R&D) Director

Research and development (R&D) directors oversee their company's R&D department(s). As such, they are responsible for ensuring that companies meet their objectives for researching and developing new products or technologies and improve existing products. To accomplish these goals, R&D directors lead their company's research staff. They must ensure that their companies correctly understand and anticipate market demand, planning and developing products to meet consumer needs and remain competitive in the marketplace.

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Research & Development (R&D) Director Tasks

  • Direct the Research and Development (R&D) program, from new product proposal to commercialization.
  • Drive accountability, consistency, quality, and process standardization across all phases of research and development.
  • In accordance with company objectives develop and monitor research plans and budgets for R&D projects, ensuring projects are completed on time and within cost objectives.

Common Career Paths for Research & Development (R&D) Director


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Many Research & Development Directors move into VP of Research & Development roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $162K per year.

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Popular Skills for Research & Development (R&D) Director


Research & Development Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Technical Analysis, Intellectual Property, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis, Program Management, and Biotechnology. Those educated in Product Development tend to be well versed in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Research & Development (R&D) Director

Pay by Experience for a Research & Development (R&D) Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Research & Development (R&D) Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 53 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research & Development (R&D) Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 108 salaries. An experienced Research & Development (R&D) Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $150,000 based on 217 salaries. A Research & Development (R&D) Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $164,000 based on 131 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $137,432

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Research & Development Directors in Cambridge receive some of the highest pay in the country. Research & Development Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). Research & Development Directors in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Salt Lake City (28 percent lower) and Denver (21 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Research & Development (R&D) Director

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
34%

Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Director Salaries

▲20%

▲9%

National Average
$137,000

▼9%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Research & Development (R&D) Director Salaries


Technical Analysis
▲10%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲8%



Clinical Research
▲1%

Medical Devices
▼0%

National Average
$137,000

Medical Device
▼3%

Biotechnology
▼3%

Program Management
▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 5%