Average Research and Development Engineer Salary

$75,039
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,848
Bonus
$11,000
Commission
$3,052
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The average salary for a Research and Development Engineer is $75,039.
10%
$57k
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$75k
90%
$107k
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What Do Research and Development Engineers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Research and Development Engineer

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The top respondents for the job title Research and Development Engineer are from the companies Medtronic, Inc., Philips Electronics and Align Technology. Reported salaries are highest at Intel Corporation where the average pay is $108,222. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Boston Scientific Corporation and Align Technology, earning around $87,412 and $87,000, respectively. Becton, Dickinson and Company pays the lowest at around $67,210. Medtronic, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $76,700 and $78,763, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Research and Development Engineers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Research and Development Engineers?

An entry-level Research and Development Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $66,981 based on 149 salaries. An early career Research and Development Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,897 based on 811 salaries. A mid-career Research and Development Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $83,013 based on 307 salaries. An experienced Research and Development Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $96,554 based on 101 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $108,995.
Employees with Research and Development Engineer in their job title in Dearborn, Michigan earn an average of 20.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Antonio, Texas (6.0% more) and Dayton, Ohio (5.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Irvine, California (3.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,412 survey responses.
Entry Level
10.6%
Early Career
57.4%
Mid Career
21.7%
Experienced
7.2%
Late Career
3.1%