Vice President (VP) of Research Salary

Generous salaries abound for VPs of Research in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($124K) per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most VPs of Research report high levels of job satisfaction. VPs of Research who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$70,801 - $199,063
MEDIAN: $123,513

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$70,801 - $199,063  
$3,878 - $44,338  
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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).
$73,676 - $219,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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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 typically report just a few professional 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. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $83K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $109K. For VPs of Research, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $141K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $164K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 41 votes.


15 %
85 %

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: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 1%