$101,365
Avg. Salary
$39.55
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$10,307

Bonus

$7,285

Profit Sharing

$13,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Research Director is $39.55 per hour.

The average pay for a Research Director is $101,365 per year.

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$15.89
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$51.76
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MEDIAN $39.55
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$62k
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MEDIAN $101,365
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MEDIAN: $101,365
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$0$180K
Salary $62,048 - $162,962
Bonus $1,042 - $35,054
Profit Sharing $3,007 - $48,473
Commission $13,000
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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$62,258 - $180,643
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 967
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $15.89 - $51.76
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $46.50
Annual Data $0$180K
Bonus $1,042 - $35,054
Commission $13,000
Profit Sharing $3,007 - $48,473
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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$62,258 - $180,643
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 28

Job Description

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
  • Developing research objectives and writing proposals.
  • Manage the research budget and the allocation of funds.
  • 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.

Popular Employer Salaries

$0$136K

$114,783

Common Career Paths


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Research Directors who transition into a VP or Senior Research Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $157K per year. The most common career progression for Research Directors leads to becoming a Director of Research & Analytical Services, where pay is typically $101K. However, many Research Directors also opt to become VPs of Research, a position that pays $150K on average.

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Popular Skills


Research Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Product Development, Clinical Research, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 14 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Technical Writing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Budget Management and Proposal Writing also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Project Management and Market Research.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Research Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 86 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 175 salaries. An experienced Research Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 260 salaries. A Research Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 106 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,680

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

For Research Directors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Research Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+20 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Miami (+14 percent). Research Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Research Directors in Raleigh bring in salaries that are 39 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (18 percent lower) and Philadelphia (15 percent lower).

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Director?

Research Director in Charleston:
"Frustrating."
Pros: colleagues
Cons: title and pay

Research Director in New York:
"Stressful."
Pros: Close to family
Cons: Traffic and parking

Research Director in Atlanta:
"Great."
Pros: Casual work environment, big cities, low cost of living
Cons: traffic

Related Job Salaries

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
20%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲21%

▲13%

National Average
$104,000

▼3%

▼27%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Product Development
▲33%



Client Interaction
▲4%

Market Research
▲1%

National Average
$104,000





Proposal Writing
▼17%

Budget Management
▼27%

Technical Writing
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 9%