The average salary for a Research Director is $101,652.
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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. The research director uses their scientific and technical knowledge to aid team members in their specific tasks, ranging from data collection to data analysis to product design to manufacturing. They must also perform the essential…Read more
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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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Director
The top respondents for the job title Research Director are from the companies Gartner Group Inc, Corporate Executive Board (CEB) and GlaxoSmithKline. Reported salaries are highest at GlaxoSmithKline where the average pay is $171,685. Corporate Executive Board (CEB) pays the lowest at around $110,011.
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Popular Skills for Research Director
Skills in People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Market Research, Data Analysis, Project Management and Research Analysis.
Pay by Experience Level for Research Director
An entry-level Research Director with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $55,076 based on 6 salaries. An early career Research Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,779 based on 112 salaries. A mid-career Research Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,464 based on 269 salaries. An experienced Research Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $110,880 based on 455 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $123,406.
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Employees with Research Director in their job title in Cambridge, Massachusetts earn an average of 58.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (20.9% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (20.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Washington, District of Columbia (6.5% less) and Chicago, Illinois (1.6% less).
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