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

Male Software Research & Development Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $89K annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Software Research & Development Engineers — including $17K in bonuses and $14K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $56K to $135K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Software Research & Development Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$59,685 - $127,006
(Median)
$60K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,843
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90%

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$18.87 - $43.02
(Median)
$19
$26
$43
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,685 - $127,006  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,630  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $13,685  
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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$56,138 - $135,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.87 - $43.02  
   
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 - $16,630  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $13,685  
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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$56,138 - $135,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C, Matlab, Linux, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Python, SQL, and C#. The majority of those who know C++ also know C and Python. People who know Linux usually 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $73K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $94K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $107K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 21%



National Average
$89,000


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

C
up arrow 8%

Matlab
up arrow 7%

Linux
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 3%

National Average
$89,000

UNIX
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 7%

Python
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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