Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software Salary

Software Research & Development Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $90K annually. Total incomes of Software Research & Development Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $16K from bonuses and close to $48K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $57K and $137K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Software Research & Development Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,901 - $127,843

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$18.81 - $43.28

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,901 - $127,843  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,444  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $48,479  
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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$57,009 - $136,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.81 - $43.28  
   
Overtime
$28.49 - $49.83  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,444  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $48,479  
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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$57,009 - $136,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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Job Description for Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software

The research and development (R&D) engineer for computer software is an integral part of a modern R&D team. Like other members of the R&D team, the computer software engineer's primary focus is designing and creating an innovative new product. The computer software engineer, for example, might design custom software that will allow for more efficient data gathering for the specific project. They also may design a new statistical algorithm that will better analyze the collected data because it is much more adept at respecting the constraints of the system being developed.

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Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Test and document software for server applications.
  • Use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.

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Popular Skills for Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software


Survey takers working as Software Research & Development Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, C, C++, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Python, SQL, and C#. People who know Linux usually also know Python and C. Most people skilled in C++ are similarly competent in C and Python.

Pay by Experience Level for Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software

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


Software Research & Development Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $72K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $96K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $109K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $115K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%



National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 17%

C
up arrow 8%

C++
up arrow 6%

Linux
up arrow 4%

National Average
$90,000

UNIX
up arrow 1%

Matlab
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 6%

Python
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 9%
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