Vice President (VP), Research & Development Salary

VPs of Research & Development in the United States take home approximately $158K annually on average. Total cash compensation to VPs of Research & Development varies from $105K to $279K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $70K each. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male VPs of Research & Development survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$104,483 - $230,943

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$104,483 - $230,943  
$1,969 - $69,772  
Profit Sharing
$2,027 - $68,211  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$105,300 - $278,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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Job Description for Vice President (VP), Research & Development

A vice president (VP) of research and development (R&D) is an executive who oversees and supervises all development and innovation efforts by a company. They work to recruit product development team leaders to handle these efforts and directs R&D teams with budget approvals, scheduling, and deadline management. The VP also works with other teams within the company — such as sales, marketing, engineering, and manufacturing — to bring new products from the research and development side to market or implementation within the organization.


Vice President (VP), Research & Development Tasks

  • Provide leadership and develop objectives for the Research and Development (R&D) department.
  • Obtain funding for existing and future Research and Development (R&D) projects.
  • Develop and direct the design and development of new products and the improvement of existing products.
  • Work with members of the senior management team to further department and company goals.

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Survey takers who work as VPs of Research & Development typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Product Development, People Management, and Project Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management and People Management. Experience with Product Development is often linked with knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP), Research & Development

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of VPs of Research & Development. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $100K per year. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $178K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $186K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Research & Development Salaries

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Research & Development Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.


16 %
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%