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

Software Research & Development Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $93K per year on average. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Software Research & Development Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Software Research & Development Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$60,177 - $137,775
$60K
$93K
$140K
MEDIAN: $92,971
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$17.50 - $54.92
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$0$139K
Salary $60,177 - $137,775
Bonus $2,750 - $14,000
Profit Sharing $7,688
Total Pay (?
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$59,067 - $139,602
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 128
Hourly Data $0$54
Hourly Rate $25.00
Overtime $33.23
Annual Data $0$139K
Bonus $2,750 - $14,000
Profit Sharing $7,688
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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$59,067 - $139,602
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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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


Software Research & Development Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Matlab, Linux, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing SQL as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Java and C# Programming Language also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Linux are similarly competent in Python and C. Those educated in C++ tend to be well versed in C and Python.

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
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software Salaries

Late-Career
▲34%

▲26%

▲9%

National Average
$95,000

▼16%

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

Project Management
▲11%

Matlab
▲4%

C++
▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$95,000

C
▼3%

▼3%

▼4%



.NET
▼8%

C#
▼9%

C# Programming Language
▼11%

▼13%

SQL
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 10%
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