Vice President (VP), Research & Development Salary

The average VP of Research & Development in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $155K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $65K, total cash payment to VPs of Research & Development can bottom out at $100K or peak near $269K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs of Research & Development. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The vast majority (82 percent) of VPs of Research & Development who answered the questionnaire are male. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$98,653 - $233,161
MEDIAN: $155,069

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National Salary Data (?
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$98,653 - $233,161  
$1,919 - $65,441  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $68,784  
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).
$100,474 - $269,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP), Research & Development

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $100K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $152K. VPs of Research & Development with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $174K. VPs of Research & Development who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $182K.

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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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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.


18 %
82 %

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: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%