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

For Software Research & Development Engineers, yearly average wages total $88K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Software Research & Development Engineers (81 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Software Research & Development Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,877 - $129,017
$59K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,365
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90%

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$19.44 - $47.64
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MEDIAN: $22.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,877 - $129,017  
   
Bonus
$2,035 - $13,000  
Profit Sharing
$7,400  
Total Pay (?
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$57,531 - $136,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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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
$2,035 - $13,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,400  
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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$57,531 - $136,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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


Software Research & Development Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Matlab, Linux, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SQL, Java, and C# Programming Language. Most people skilled in C++ are similarly competent in C and Python. Skill sets containing Linux also tend to include 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.


Software Research & Development Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $80K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $103K. Software Research & Development Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $119K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $127K.

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

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software Salaries

Late-Career
▲43%

▲34%

▲16%

National Average
$89,000

▼10%

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

Project Management
▲18%

Matlab
▲10%

C++
▲7%

▲7%

C
▲4%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$89,000



.NET
▼2%

C#
▼3%

C# Programming Language
▼5%

▼8%

SQL
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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