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

The average Software Research & Development Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $88K per year. In the world of Software Research & Development Engineers, overall income ranges from $56K near the bottom to $135K at the top; this can include more than $16K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Research & Development Engineers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$59,805 - $127,564
(Median)
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88K
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MEDIAN: $88,410
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$19.11 - $45.98
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,805 - $127,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,071  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $13,591  
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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$55,640 - $135,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.11 - $45.98  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $52.06  
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 - $16,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $13,591  
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).
)
$55,640 - $135,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in C, Linux, C++, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Python, SQL, and Java. Those familiar with C++ also tend to 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $74K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $93K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $107K. For some reason, Software Research & Development Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $106K.

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


Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$89,000


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

C
up arrow 9%

Linux
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 3%

UNIX
0%

National Average
$89,000

Matlab
up arrow 1%

.NET
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 7%

Python
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%