What does a Research Manager do?

Research managers lead the execution of research projects by drafting proposals, selecting methods, supervising teams, managing budgets, and presenting findings. A market research firm may employ them, where they hold meetings with clients to discuss project objectives and agree on a budget; or in a university where they initiate specific research projects. Research managers identify potential ideas to pitch to directors of research and innovation, or they may submit a proposal to be approved.

Research managers select appropriate methodologies and techniques for assigned projects, acquire supplies and equipment from vendors, put together an effective team, and ensure completion of the project on time and on budget. They are responsible for planning and supervising research projects, monitoring project progress, supporting team members, implementing new methodologies, and writing reports. When a project has concluded, they present research findings. Research managers need a bachelor's degree in an occupation-specific field and vast research experience.

Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Research Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$81,294 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $81K
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Research Manager
Sep 28, 2021

“There are plenty of learning opportunities here and is a great place to start your career.”

Integrated Marketing SystemsIntegrated Marketing Systems
Research Manager
Aug 14, 2020

“Supervisors fail to communicate new changes and rarely provide resources to deal with new responsibilities.”

Research Director
Feb 13, 2021

“Salary not bad but have to ask for it or would be way below average.”

Research Manager
Oct 13, 2019

“Get to work with some really knowledgeable and experienced people.”

Weill Cornell Medical CollegeWeill Cornell Medical College
Research Manager
Apr 15, 2021

“Doctors were absolutely amazing and kind and hardworking and really make your time worth learning”

University of ChicagoUniversity of Chicago
Research Manager
Oct 27, 2020

“salary is great but not industry leading”

Walgreens Boots AllianceWalgreens Boots Alliance
Research Manager
Aug 19, 2021

“A nice team but not trustworthy”

Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation TrustGuy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Research Manager
Jul 4, 2021

“Various initiatives available that are good for personal development”

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