$80,662
Avg. Salary
$28.74
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,909

Bonus

$3,052

Profit Sharing

$4,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Research Engineer is $28.74 per hour.

The average pay for a Research Engineer is $80,662 per year.

$14.78
10%
$28.74
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$45.38
90%
MEDIAN $28.74
$56k
10%
$81k
50%
$119k
90%
MEDIAN $80,662
$56,056 - $118,643
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MEDIAN: $80,662
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$14.78 - $45.38
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$0$121K
Salary $56,056 - $118,643
Bonus $505 - $11,636
Profit Sharing $483 - $10,137
Commission $4,500
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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$55,096 - $121,530
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,631
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $14.78 - $45.38
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $22.63 - $50.34
Annual Data $0$121K
Bonus $505 - $11,636
Commission $4,500
Profit Sharing $483 - $10,137
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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$55,096 - $121,530
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 68

Job Description for Research Engineer

A research engineer is responsible for conducting research on behalf of their organization; the breadth and type of research varies depending on their role. They must be able to analyze systems (for example, identifying the vulnerable parts of security architectures and developing ideas for how to reduce vulnerability), as well as provide guidance to engineers and other professionals in different specialties as needed. This employee needs to be able to write reports and give presentations to other departments inside the company as well. Other tasks performed by research engineers may include collaborating with other teams within their organization, designing parts and components, developing new protocols for assessing security, and developing other plans and guidance as needed. Occasional travel may be required of research engineers depending on their position and employer.

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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.

Research Engineer Pay By Employer

$0$181K

$80,516

$94,667

$96,604

$84,750

$119,971

CFDRC
8 profiles
$65,098

$67,173

$106,182

Common Career Paths for Research Engineer


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Research Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Software Engineer. The average Senior Software Engineer brings home $108K per year. Many Research Engineers choose to become Mechanical Engineers and Research and Development Engineers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $16K less and $5K less, respectively.

Research Engineer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Research Engineer


Research Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Machine Learning, Data Modeling, and C++ Programming Language are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design, Engineering Design, and Test Engineering. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Matlab and Engineering Design. Those who learned Research Analysis also tend to know Engineering Design and Test Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Research Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 556 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 244 salaries. An experienced Research Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 80 salaries. A Research Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 40 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,564

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Research Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 63 percent above the national average. Research Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+39 percent), Houston (+23 percent), Dearborn (+20 percent), and Atlanta (+20 percent). Compared to the national average, Warsaw Research Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Boston (17 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Research Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Engineer?

Research Engineer in Columbus:
Pros: the people i work with
Cons: the cold weather

Research Engineer in Columbus:
"I love it."
Pros: Young city with lots of opportunities to grow
Cons:

Research Engineer:
SwRI is an amazing place to work if you’re interested in being technically challenged. It is basically an extension of grad school. Great camaraderie, competitive salaries, good benefits and knowledgeable management.

Research Engineer in Wichita:
"Air Capital of the World."
Pros: Great place to get your pilot's license. The cost of living is reasonable and there's no real traffic.
Cons: It's far away from any ocean.

Research Engineer in Atlanta:
"Fine."
Pros: Perks
Cons: Work variety

Research Engineer in Columbus:
"I love my job most of the time."
Pros: The environment and atmosphere of the small town we live in.
Cons: I love most things about working in Columbus but, I don't like the fact that the place I work at is not very clean.

Research Engineer in San Antonio:
"Great working experience."
Pros: Flexible, variety of projects, define your own future.
Cons: Could be stuck in the same project for years.

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Key Stats for Research Engineer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 244 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Research Engineer Salaries

▲44%

▲20%

▲1%

National Average
$82,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Research Engineer Salaries






National Average
$82,000

▼1%


Material Science
▼3%

Product Development
▼3%


▼6%





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 244 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 9%