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I keep hearing that money is better on the Pharma side but I’m not seeing it at all after speaking to a few recruiters. In fact I’m getting lower numbers. What’s the average salary for VP level?

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It depends on what level you’re at. Pharma is willing to pay the younger talent more money, simply as a way to attract youth, because let’s face it. This is the only place anybody over 45 can go to get hired when let go. But the higher up you go, (well, frankly the older you are,) it levels off very quickly and in some cases, it’s actually lower when comparing titles between general consumer and pharma.

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Money can be better but it is also based on specific industry experience/knowledge so your 10 years experience may not translate the same to a pharma specialized company. Hope that helps some!

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I've found salary to be much higher, to the point that I cant leave pharma without taking a drastic pay cut. But that may depend on what department or position you are talking about.

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