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Vice President (VP) of Research Salary

Compensation for VPs of Research in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($134K). Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more male VPs of Research survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. Work is enjoyable for VPs of Research, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while nearly all get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$79,886 - $202,219
MEDIAN: $122,726

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$79,886 - $202,219  
$4,839 - $53,920  
Profit Sharing
$5,139 - $19,653  
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).
$82,115 - $239,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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

Job skills reported by VPs of Research are limited. 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. Most people experienced in 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.

VPs of Research generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $82K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $109K. After working for 10 to 20 years, VPs of Research make a median salary of $142K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $169K on average.

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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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Public Speaking
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Business Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.


14 %
86 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 2%