Vice President (VP) of Research Salary

Salaries for VPs of Research in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($124K) per year. Total cash compensation to VPs of Research varies from $70K to $225K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $49K each. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of VPs of Research (82 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for VPs of Research is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$69,341 - $201,452
MEDIAN: $123,926

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National Salary Data (?
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$69,341 - $201,452  
$1,987 - $49,316  
Profit Sharing
$4,932 - $49,665  
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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).
$70,427 - $225,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 215
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Job Description for Vice President (VP) of Research

  • Develop project plans, budgets, and deadlines, and work with scientists to identify project components and materials.
  • Create and carry out the company’s research and development plan, and work to meet company R&D objectives.
  • Manage the R&D team, and ensure the organization is fully staffed and recruit new researchers.
  • Oversee a company’s development of new products and production processes to keep ahead of the competition.
  • Follow the development of new research technologies and keep the company up to date, and train researchers in the use of new processes.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP) of Research

VPs of Research report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Research Analysis, Business Development, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Public Speaking as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Business Development and Research Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Public Speaking also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP) of Research

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $80K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $109K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, VPs of Research make a median salary of $139K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $169K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $135,426

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for VPs of Research that is 46 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. VPs of Research will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+27 percent) and New York (+9 percent). VPs of Research in Washington report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) of Research Salaries

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP) of Research Salaries

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Project Management
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Business Development
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Public Speaking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.


18 %
82 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 1%