Research and Development Manager Salary in the United States

How much does a Research and Development Manager make in the United States? The average Research and Development Manager salary in the United States is $137,648 as of April 27, 2019, but the range typically falls between $119,837 and $157,011. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities

Job Description

Research and Development Manager manages and directs the research and development programs to meet organizational needs and to capitalize on potential new products. Develops and implements research and development procedures and techniques. Being a Research and Development Manager oversees complex research projects, analyzes results and provides recommendations based on findings. Assesses the scope of research projects and ensures they are on time and within budget. Additionally, Research and Development Manager may require an advanced degree. Typically reports to a head of unit/director. The Research and Development Manager manages subordinate staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs. True first level manager. Ensures that project/department milestones/goals are met and adhering to approved budgets. Has full authority for personnel actions. Extensive knowledge of department processes. To be a Research and Development Manager typically requires 5 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor. 1 to 3 years supervisory experience may be required. (Copyright 2019 Salary.com)

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119837
157011
137648

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180773
154037
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    Research and Development Engineer

    4 - 7 years experience
    JD, MD, PhD or Equivalent

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    Research and Development Manager

    5 + years experience
    JD, MD, PhD or Equivalent

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    Research and Development Director


    JD, MD, PhD or Equivalent

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