A Research and Development Engineer earns an average salary of $73,566 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.Pay goes up steadily as a this job becomes more experienced.
Research and Development Engineer Total Pay (?
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$53,211 - $103,622
(Median)
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88K
100K
MEDIAN: $73,565
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Research and Development Engineer Total Pay (?
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$14.54 - $50.34
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25
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,211 - $103,622  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,322  
Profit Sharing
$789 - $9,109  
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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$52,916 - $109,268  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,059
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $50.34  
   
Overtime
$1.14 - $55.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,322  
   
Profit Sharing
$789 - $9,109  
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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$52,916 - $109,268  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,059
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Job Description for Research and Development Engineer
Research and development engineers create new business opportunities by researching and inventing new engineering and manufacturing methods, as well as applying new knowledge and technology to improve existing methods. In this way, they help enable greater efficiency in manufacturing and in bringing new ideas to fruition in the marketplace. Research and development (R&D) research teams may work on their own or with scientists and/or product design teams to take a product concept, create prototypes, and test completed models to ensure that the new product is functional, safe, and appealing to the target market.
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Research and Development Engineer Tasks
  • Transfer products designed for manufacturing throughout the development cycle and into full production.
  • Lead a design team to create and develop new products and innovations.
  • Verify and validate designs and transfer new products into production.
  • Define material properties, develop concepts, verify prototypes, create and execute clinically simulated bench tests.
  • Manage multiple project timelines, resources and responsibilities to achieve goals.
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Pay by Experience Level for Research and Development Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
San Jose
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San Francisco
up arrow 18%
Minneapolis
up arrow 12%
Houston
up arrow 8%
Atlanta
up arrow 4%
Boston
up arrow 2%
San Diego
up arrow 2%
Sunnyvale
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National Average
$75,000
Milwaukee
up arrow 9%
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Experience Affects Research and Development Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%
National Average
$75,000

Skills That Affect Research and Development Engineer Salaries

Material Science
up arrow 6%
Data Analysis
up arrow 4%
Product Development
up arrow 4%
Matlab
up arrow 2%
Project Management
up arrow 1%
National Average
$75,000
Engineering Design
up arrow 1%
Technical Writing
up arrow 2%
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%
Test Engineering
up arrow 7%
SolidWorks
up arrow 9%
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Gender
Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%
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