Average Mid-Career Research Director with People Management Skills Salary

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The average salary for a Mid-Career Research Director with People Management skills is $102,783.
MEDIAN $102,783
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$66k - $148k
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$67k - $160k

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Job Description for Research Director

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.

Career Paths

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Research Director
Research & Development (R&D) Director
Executive Director
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Research Director

Skills that pay less than market rate include Policy Analysis, Market Research, Data Analysis, Project Management and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Director

An early career Research Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $93,839 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Research Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $119,439 based on 136 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $126,989.
Employees with Research Director in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 11.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (9.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (5.7% less) and New York, New York (1.7% less).

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