$73,445
Avg. Salary
$25.11
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,143

Bonus

$3,107

Profit Sharing

$7,400

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Research And Development Engineer is $25.11 per hour.

The average pay for a Research And Development Engineer is $73,445 per year.

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MEDIAN $73,445
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$0$107K
Salary $54,998 - $103,845
Bonus $491 - $10,040
Profit Sharing $992 - $9,814
Commission $7,400
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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$52,371 - $107,866
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,247
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $14.56 - $40.90
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $25.34 - $65.10
Annual Data $0$107K
Bonus $491 - $10,040
Commission $7,400
Profit Sharing $992 - $9,814
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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$52,371 - $107,866
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 117

Job Description

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
  • 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.

Popular Employer Salaries

$0$119K

Medtronic, Inc.
32 profiles
$77,261

$108,557

$83,571

Common Career Paths


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There are some Research and Development Engineers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Research & Development (R&D) Engineers, where earnings are an average $102K annually. When Research and Development Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Mechanical Engineers or Research & Development Managers. Those roles pay an additional $16K and $23K, respectively.

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Popular Skills


Research and Development Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Material Science, Research Analysis, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Computer Aided Design (CAD). Those who learned Product Development also tend to know Research Analysis, Data Analysis, and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Research and Development Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Research and Development Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 469 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research and Development Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 171 salaries. An experienced Research and Development Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 64 salaries. A Research and Development Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,261

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

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Research and Development Engineers, 57 percent higher than the national average. Research and Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+23 percent), Pittsburgh (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Spokane (+13 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Research and Development Engineers is geography, with workers in New York earning a whopping 44 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Chicago (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

Job Reviews

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

Research and Development Engineer in Streamwood:
"OK."
Pros: Stability
Cons: Industry

Research and Development Engineer in Malibu:
"Research by the beach."
Pros: Exciting and diverse research projects.
Cons: Well below average pay.

Research and Development Engineer in Uniontown:
"EXW cladding review."
Pros: Ability to research and experiment with different EXW parameters.
Cons: R&D projects tend to get the backseat in production, since they dont make us money.

Research and Development Engineer in Farmington Hills:
"Engine Simulation."
Pros: It is my first job. My supervisor is nice and knowledgeable. Stress level is not high.
Cons:

Research and Development Engineer in Los Angeles:
"Work flexibility, office conditions,"
Pros: Fixed timings, research and develpoment scale up.
Cons: Under pay, less holidays.

Research and Development Engineer in Bristol:
Get a PhD/Master in Engineering/Physics/Mathematics and be practical.

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How Experience Affects Salaries

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Gender

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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 10%