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

Men make up the majority of Software Research & Development Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $90K annually. Cash earnings for Software Research & Development Engineers — including $17K in bonuses and $48K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $57K to $137K depending on individual performance. 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. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$59,928 - $128,262
(Median)
$60K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,694
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90%

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$18.81 - $43.28
(Median)
$19
$25
$43
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,928 - $128,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,000  
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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$56,530 - $137,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,000  
   
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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$56,530 - $137,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


Software Research & Development Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Python, SQL, and C#. For most people, competency in C++ indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Software Research & Development Engineers. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $73K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $96K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $108K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $115K.

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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 9%

C++
up arrow 6%

up arrow 5%

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
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 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
23%
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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