Vice President (VP) of Research Salary

Compensation for VPs of Research in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($123K). Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more male VPs of Research survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. Most VPs of Research like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,696 - $198,213

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$73,500 - $216,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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

Typical VPs of Research report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Research Analysis, Public Speaking, and Business Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Business Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Research Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Public Speaking tend to be well versed in 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.

VPs of Research with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $83K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $109K. VPs of Research who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $140K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $161K.

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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

National Average

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 40 votes.


16 %
84 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 1%