Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salary

Salaries for Research & Development Managers in the United States average out at around $92K per year, but San Jose employers pay the most, offering approximately $156K on average. Research & Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+36 percent), Boston (+20 percent), Cincinnati (+17 percent), and Atlanta (+15 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,695 - $138,433
$52K
$93K
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MEDIAN: $93,420
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$15.02 - $52.07
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$0$152K
Salary $51,695 - $138,433
Bonus $1,003 - $20,653
Profit Sharing $811 - $19,392
Total Pay (?
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$51,271 - $152,594
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 812
Hourly Data $0$99
Hourly Rate $15.02 - $52.07
Overtime $15.10 - $99.33
Annual Data $0$152K
Bonus $1,003 - $20,653
Profit Sharing $811 - $19,392
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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$51,271 - $152,594
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 24

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

Research and development managers lead a team of employees in conducting research and development for an organization. This may include investigating technology development, concept development, and new product development, among other areas. Many times, research and development teams work to improve an existing product or service. They identify areas for improvement and how any changes might be conducted. Research and development managers oversee this process and suggest recommendations to the organization's leaders.

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Research & Development (R&D) Manager Tasks

  • Responsible for management of a team or group of employees.
  • Ensure that program objectives are determined and met, logistics are effectively coordinated and budgets are adhered to.
  • Provide technical oversight and expertise as required.
  • Plan and implement the development of new processes in areas of research generally dealing with the life or physical sciences.

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


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At the upper end, Research & Development Managers who move into a VP of Research & Development role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Research & Development is a much higher $162K per year. When Research & Development Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Research & Development Directors or Senior Research & Development Managers. Those roles pay an additional $42K and $36K, respectively.

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


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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Material Science, and Chemistry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 27 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Innovation and Clinical Research. Most people skilled in Product Development are similarly competent in People Management and Research Analysis.

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

Pay by Experience for a Research & Development (R&D) Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Research & Development (R&D) Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 226 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research & Development (R&D) Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 255 salaries. An experienced Research & Development (R&D) Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 279 salaries. A Research & Development (R&D) Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 118 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,609

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

Research & Development (R&D) Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research & Development (R&D) Manager?

Research & Development (R&D) Manager in Cottonwood:
"Great."
Pros: I like that I get to do things that no one else has ever done. Creating products that can potentially become part of something big.
Cons: I don't like that there is so much work and not enough time in the day to finish them. Most days it's like that. Some days it's completely at a stand still. Those two things I dislike the most.

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

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Manager Salaries

▲22%

▲15%

National Average
$97,000

▼9%

▼25%

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

Operations Management
▲36%

Material Science
▲25%

Chemistry
▲16%






National Average
$97,000


Clinical Research
▼16%

Innovation
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 10%
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