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Vice President (VP) of Research Salary

VPs of Research in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $123K) surpassing six figures annually. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and almost all earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men account for the majority of VPs of Research who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$78,905 - $201,055
(Median)
$79K
$120K
$200K
MEDIAN: $122,884
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$78,905 - $201,055  
   
Bonus
$4,805 - $51,197  
Profit Sharing
$5,139 - $11,792  
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).
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$81,960 - $231,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207

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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


Survey takers who work as 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $82K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $106K. For VPs of Research, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $142K. 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 $174K.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) of Research Salaries



National Average
$134,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

Entry-Level
up arrow 39%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP) of Research Salaries

National Average
$134,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%


Public Speaking
up arrow 22%

Business Development
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 1%
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