Vice President (VP) of Research Salary

Average pay for a VP of Research in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $129K per year. Total cash compensation for VPs of Research runs from $77K to $243K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $53K and profit sharing that can reach almost $50K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male VPs of Research far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$72,293 - $202,786
MEDIAN: $129,098

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$72,293 - $202,786  
$4,116 - $53,177  
Profit Sharing
$4,932 - $49,665  
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).
$77,419 - $242,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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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

VPs of Research usually report a few specific 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. Most people experienced in Public Speaking also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $83K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $111K. After working for 10 to 20 years, VPs of Research make a median salary of $144K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $171K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect 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.


19 %
81 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 1%