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

Earnings for Software Research & Development Engineers in the United States come in at around $89K per year on average. In the world of Software Research & Development Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $49K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $58K and $137K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more male Software Research & Development Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 89 percent. Work is enjoyable for Software Research & Development Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,493 - $127,827
(Median)
$59K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,416
10%
50%
90%

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$10.30 - $44.65
(Median)
$10
$25
$45
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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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 seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Matlab, Python, and SQL. Those who learned Linux also tend to know 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Software Research & Development Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $76K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $98K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $110K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $114K.

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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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