Vice President (VP) of Research Salary

VPs of Research enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($124K) annually in the United States. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of VPs of Research (86 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$72,363 - $199,151
MEDIAN: $124,160

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$72,363 - $199,151  
$3,150 - $44,494  
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$5,500 - $10,000  
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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).
$79,772 - $220,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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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 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 proficient in Public Speaking are, more often than not, also skilled 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.

For many VPs of Research, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $83K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $110K. VPs of Research who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $141K. VPs of Research 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 $166K.

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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 42 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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 1%