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

Median pay for Software Research & Development Engineers in the United States is around $89K annually. In the world of Software Research & Development Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $58K and $137K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $16K and $49K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Software Research & Development Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,493 - $127,827
(Median)
$59K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,416
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$10.30 - $44.65
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$10
$25
$45
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,493 - $127,827  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,852  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $48,936  
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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$58,014 - $137,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $44.65  
   
Overtime
$32.97  
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 - $15,852  
   
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $48,936  
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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$58,014 - $137,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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


Software Research & Development Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, UNIX, C++, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Matlab, Python, and SQL. Most people who know C++ also know C and Python. The majority of those who know Linux also know Python and C.

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.


For Software Research & Development Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $76K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $98K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $110K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $114K on average.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 26%



National Average
$90,000


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

Project Management
up arrow 16%

UNIX
up arrow 8%

C++
up arrow 5%

Linux
up arrow 2%

C
up arrow 2%

National Average
$90,000

Java
up arrow 1%

.NET
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 5%

SQL
up arrow 5%

Python
up arrow 10%

Matlab
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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