A Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software earns an average salary of $86,522 per year. A skill in C is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software Total Pay (?
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$58,789 - $122,087
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MEDIAN: $86,521
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Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software Total Pay (?
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$18.74 - $45.62
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,789 - $122,087  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $15,865  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $13,315  
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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$52,848 - $131,145  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.74 - $45.62  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $50.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$200.00 - $15,865  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $13,315  
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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$52,848 - $131,145  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 322
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software
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Pay Difference By Location
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National Average
$87,000
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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, Computer Software Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
National Average
$87,000

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

C
up arrow 11%
up arrow 5%
UNIX
up arrow 3%
C++
up arrow 2%
Java
0%
National Average
$87,000
C#
up arrow 6%
SQL
up arrow 6%
.NET
up arrow 10%
HTML
up arrow 11%
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Gender
Female
12%
female alumni
 
Male
88%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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