Average Research & Development (R&D) Director Salary

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The average salary for a Research & Development (R&D) Director is $128,831.
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$82k - $203k

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

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Research & Development (R&D) Director

The top respondents for the job title Research & Development (R&D) Director are from the companies California Custom Fruits and Flavors, Inc., Coty, Inc. and Sanofi Pasteur. Reported salaries are highest at California Custom Fruits and Flavors, Inc. where the average pay is $142,442. Sanofi Pasteur pays the lowest at around $130,000.

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

Skills in Product Development, People Management and Medical Devices are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis and Project Management.

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

An early career Research & Development (R&D) Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $98,450 based on 98 salaries. A mid-career Research & Development (R&D) Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $117,112 based on 187 salaries. An experienced Research & Development (R&D) Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $135,306 based on 355 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $148,019.
Employees with Research & Development (R&D) Director in their job title in Boston, Massachusetts earn an average of 17.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (16.4% more) and New York, New York (16.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (0.9% less).

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