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

Software Research & Development Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $90K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Male Software Research & Development Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$59,361 - $135,832
$59K
$90K
$140K
MEDIAN: $90,244
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$19.44 - $47.64
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,361 - $135,832  
   
Bonus
$2,902 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$58,181 - $140,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.50  
   
Overtime
$33.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,902 - $14,681  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
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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$58,181 - $140,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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 operating systems.
  • Write kernel code for real-time or multitasking operating systems, including device drivers.
  • Use kernel debuggers, system dumps, and assembly language, as well as higher level languages.
  • Test and document software for operating systems.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for server applications.

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


Survey results imply that Software Research & Development Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Matlab, Linux, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SQL, Java, and C# Programming Language. Most people experienced in C++ also know C and Python. People who know Linux usually also know Python and C.

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

Pay by Experience for a Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software has a positive trend. An entry-level Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 87 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $119,000 based on 32 salaries. A Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 7 salaries.

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Key Stats for Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software Salaries

Late-Career
▲40%

▲32%

▲14%

National Average
$91,000

▼12%

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

Project Management
▲16%

Matlab
▲8%

C++
▲5%

▲5%

C
▲2%

▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$91,000



.NET
▼3%

C#
▼5%

C# Programming Language
▼7%

▼10%

SQL
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 11%
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