Research and Development Engineer Salary in the United States

How much does a Research and Development Engineer make in the United States? The average Research and Development Engineer salary in the United States is $105,088 as of April 27, 2019, but the range typically falls between $92,926 and $118,591. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities

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Conducts research and development activities for an organization. Applies research theories, principles, and models when conducting experiments and research activities. Summarizes research results and communicates findings to internal and external bodies. Assesses the scope of research projects and ensures projects are on time and within budget. Develops technical documentation for all projects. May require an advanced degree. Typically reports to top management. Contributes to moderately complex aspects of a project. Work is generally independent and collaborative in nature. Typically requires 4 to 7 years of related experience. (Copyright 2019 Salary.com)

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  1. This Job:

    Research and Development Engineer

    4 - 7 years experience
    JD, MD, PhD or Equivalent

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    Research and Development Manager

    5 + years experience
    JD, MD, PhD or Equivalent

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