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The average salary for a Research Engineer is $81,826.
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$58k - $120k
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$57k - $123k

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Job Description for Research Engineer

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

3.8 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Research Engineer are from the companies Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Ford Motor Company and Lockheed Martin Corp. Reported salaries are highest at ExxonMobil Corporation where the average pay is $120,148. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Lockheed Martin Corp and Ford Motor Company, earning around $96,182 and $91,325, respectively. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) pays the lowest at around $81,306. Georgia Institute of Technology and Align Technology also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $82,849 and $90,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Research Engineer

Skills that pay less than market rate include Product Development, Matlab, Engineering Design, Data Analysis and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Engineer

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 $72,418 based on 199 salaries. An early career Research Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $77,320 based on 823 salaries. A mid-career Research Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $88,221 based on 448 salaries. An experienced Research Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $105,265 based on 160 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $117,984.
Employees with Research Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 19.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dearborn, Michigan (14.6% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (10.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Seattle, Washington (5.3% less), San Antonio, Texas (3.1% less) and Boston, Massachusetts (2.3% less).

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