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The average salary for a Research Engineer is $82,784.
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What Do Research Engineers Do?

Research Engineer Tasks
  • Define material properties, develop concepts, verify prototypes, create and execute clinically simulated bench tests.
  • Manage multiple project timelines, resources and responsibilities to achieve goals.
  • Verify and validate designs and transfer new products into production.
  • 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.

Job Satisfaction for Research Engineer

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The top respondents for the job title Research Engineer are from the companies Ford Motor Company, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and Georgia Institute of Technology. Reported salaries are highest at ExxonMobil Corporation where the average pay is $120,148. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Cisco Systems Inc and Ford Motor Company, earning around $93,357 and $92,182, respectively. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) pays the lowest at around $82,411. Lockheed Martin Corp and Georgia Institute of Technology also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $85,222 and $86,397, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Research Engineers?

Skills in Research Analysis and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Product Development, Data Analysis and Engineering Design.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Research Engineers?

An entry-level Research Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $73,110 based on 187 salaries. An early career Research Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,477 based on 843 salaries. A mid-career Research Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $90,619 based on 408 salaries. An experienced Research Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $108,745 based on 142 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $117,524.
Employees with Research Engineer in their job title in Atlanta, Georgia earn an average of 15.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dearborn, Michigan (12.2% more) and Houston, Texas (5.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Seattle, Washington (6.2% less), Boston, Massachusetts (4.8% less) and San Antonio, Texas (3.4% less).

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