Research Director Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$104,000
$65,000
$104,000
$167,000
Did you know that the average Research Director makes $104,981 per year? That's valued at $50.47 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $65,000 and $167,000, meaning Research Directors have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most Research Directors find a job with Health Care and Education companies, while others work for Insurance, Technology, and Media companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Washington, New Jersey and Massachusetts are the top states in the U.S. to pay Research Directors the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Lacey, WA
$127,145
Ewing, NJ
$124,132
New York, NY
$118,730
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Map of Research Director Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Research Directors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Research Director Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a Research Director is roughly $104,981 per year, which boils down to $50.47 per hour. Interestingly enough, Research Directors have the highest salaries in Lacey, WA at about $127,145 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Lacey, WA is $68,000. Additionally, Research Directors make more than the average salary in Ewing, NJ, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Menlo Park, CA, and Providence, RI. On a more broad level, Research Director salaries are highest in Washington, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Delaware, and Rhode Island. On the contrary, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Alabama offer the lowest Research Director salaries.
City
Average Salary
$127,145
$127k
$124,132
$124k

Average Research Director Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like National Institute For Fitness and Sport and Moody's as they offer the highest salaries for Research Directors.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Average Research Director Pay By Industry

As we previously stated, Research Director salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that Insurance, Technology, and Media companies tend to offer much higher salaries for Research Directors. For example, Research Directors make a whopping average salary of $111,493 while working for Insurance companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $110,333 at Technology companies and $105,097 at Media companies. But Research Directors may want to avoid working in the Health Care industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $101,134.
Industry
Average Salary
Insurance
Insurance
$111,493
$111k
Technology
Technology
$110,333
$110k
Media
Media
$105,097
$105k
Finance
Finance
$104,418
$104k
Professional
Professional
$102,161
$102k
Health Care
Health Care
$101,134
$101k

Research Director Salary History

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Research Director Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Research Director can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Recently Added Research Director Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Research Director
Research Director
06/13/2020
06/13/2020
$80,000
$80,000
06/13/2020
Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Research Director
Research Director
Research Director
04/23/2020
04/23/2020
$60,000
$60,000
04/23/2020
Kern Community College District
Kern Community College District
Director of Student Achievement Research
Director of Student Achievement Research
Director of Student Achievement Research
03/19/2020
03/19/2020
$102,704
$102,704
03/19/2020
Director of Research
Director of Research
03/06/2020
03/06/2020
$199,088
$199,088
03/06/2020
Forest Service
Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station Director
Pacific Northwest Research Station Director
Pacific Northwest Research Station Director
02/26/2020
02/26/2020
$175,501
$175,501
02/26/2020
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Director, Immunology Discovery Research
Director, Immunology Discovery Research
Director, Immunology Discovery Research
02/12/2020
02/12/2020
$88,861
$88,861
02/12/2020
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Research Director
Research Director
Research Director
01/30/2020
01/30/2020
$85,000
$85,000
01/30/2020
Research Director
Research Director
01/28/2020
01/28/2020
$63,900
$63,900
01/28/2020
Research Director
Research Director
01/25/2020
01/25/2020
$40,702
$40,702
01/25/2020
UNC Department of Public Safety
UNC Department of Public Safety
Research Director
Research Director
Research Director
12/21/2019
12/21/2019
$64,500
$64,500
12/21/2019