Research and Development Engineer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Research and Development Engineer is $74,400 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. A skill in C++ is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Research and Development Engineer Total Pay (?
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$54,335 - $104,144
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $74,400
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Research and Development Engineer Total Pay (?
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$16.11 - $49.49
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,335 - $104,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,425  
Profit Sharing
$770 - $9,287  
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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$53,862 - $109,384  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 941
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.11 - $49.49  
   
Overtime
$0.27 - $54.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$770 - $9,287  
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).
)
$53,862 - $109,384  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 941
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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
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Philadelphia
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Houston
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Minneapolis
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San Diego
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National Average
$76,000
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Experience Affects Research and Development Engineer Salaries

National Average
$76,000

Skills That Affect Research and Development Engineer Salaries

C++
up arrow 28%
Material Science
up arrow 6%
C
up arrow 6%
Product Development
up arrow 4%
Research Analysis
up arrow 4%
Project Management
up arrow 3%
Data Analysis
up arrow 2%
Matlab
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Engineering Design
0%
National Average
$76,000
Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%
Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

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Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%
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