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. Total incomes of Software Research & Development Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $17K from bonuses and close to $48K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $55K and $136K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Software Research & Development Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number.

$59,424 - $127,531
(Median)
$59K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,825
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$18.87 - $43.02
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$19
$25
$43
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,424 - $127,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,771  
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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$54,989 - $136,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.87 - $43.02  
   
Overtime
$24.00 - $44.19  
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 - $16,771  
   
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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$54,989 - $136,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, C, Linux, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Python, SQL, and C#. Most people experienced in C++ also know C and Python. Most people experienced in 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.


Software Research & Development Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $72K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $94K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $108K on average. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $113K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 27%



National Average
$89,000


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

Project Management
up arrow 18%

C
up arrow 10%

up arrow 5%

C++
up arrow 4%

Matlab
0%

National Average
$89,000

Java
up arrow 2%

.NET
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UNIX
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 7%

Python
up arrow 18%

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
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 9%
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