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

Men represent the vast majority of Software Research & Development Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $89K annually nationwide. With some bonuses approaching $16K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $14K, overall incomes of Software Research & Development Engineers spread between $55K and $137K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Research & Development Engineers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,465 - $128,841
(Median)
$59K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,415
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$19.00 - $41.80
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$19
$25
$42
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,465 - $128,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,444  
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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$55,051 - $136,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $41.80  
   
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,444  
   
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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$55,051 - $136,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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 number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in C, Linux, C++, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Python, SQL, and C#. Most people skilled in Linux are similarly competent in Python and C. The majority of those who know C++ also know 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $73K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $94K. 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. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $107K by contrast.

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


Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$89,000


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

C
up arrow 11%

C++
up arrow 5%

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UNIX
0%

Java
0%

National Average
$89,000

Matlab
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.NET
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C#
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SQL
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Python
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%