Research Engineer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for research engineers is 41 years. The research engineer workforce reached a whopping 4,425 in 2020!

Among research engineers, we discovered that 17.0% of them are women, while 69.6% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among research engineers is White, which makes up 73.2% of all research engineers. Comparatively, there are 15.1% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of research engineers are located in GA, Atlanta and TX, Houston.

Research engineers are more likely to work at public companies in comparison to education companies. Taking it a step further, research engineers are more likely to find a job in the technology industry. Looking at research engineer statistics, we found was that California, Delaware, New York, Alaska and Washington are where research engineers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about research engineer demographics? We analyzed 6,303 research engineers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Research Engineer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as research engineers. Keep reading to find out what the results for research engineers were.

Research Engineer Gender Ratio

Among research engineers, 17.0% of them are women compared to 69.6% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 69.6%
  • Female, 17.0%
  • Unknown, 13.4%

Research Engineer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among research engineers is White, which makes up 73.2% of all research engineers. Comparatively, there are 15.1% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 73.2%
  • Asian, 15.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.8%
  • Black or African American, 2.8%
  • Unknown, 1.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Research Engineers

The chart below shows that 25.6% of research engineers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 13.4% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 10.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 25.6%
  • French, 13.4%
  • Chinese, 10.8%
  • German, 8.0%
  • Mandarin, 7.3%
  • Other, 34.9%

Research Engineer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among research engineers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Research Engineer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the research engineer position over time.

Male
Female
99%
96%
94%
91%
89%
86%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Research Engineer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of research engineers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of research engineers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Research Engineer

By looking over 6,303 research engineers resumes, we figured out that the average research engineer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 37%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Research Engineer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of research engineer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of research engineers is 40+ years old, which represents 52% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Research Engineers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, machine tool designer and senior electronics design engineer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Domestic Engineer13%83%
Research Engineer70%17%
Senior Field Service Engineer93%4%
Senior Electronics Design Engineer94%2%
Machine Tool Designer95%2%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Machine Tool Designer
Senior Electronics Design Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
Research Engineer
Domestic Engineer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Research Engineers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to research engineers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Manager, Hardware Engineering3.53%
Junior Electrical Engineer4.72%
Junior Civil Engineer5.29%
Research Engineer6.59%
Process Engineer7.24%
Validation Specialist7.40%
Aviation Consultant8.02%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Research Engineer?

male-income
Male Income
$88,061
female-income
Female Income
$85,108

Research Engineer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$90,489
$88,873
$87,256
$85,640
$84,023
$82,406
$80,790
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Research Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$88,873
Master's Degree$103,336
Doctorate Degree$117,405

Research Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$125,440
$117,405
$109,370
$101,335
$93,300
$85,265
$77,230
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Research Engineer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a research engineer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of research engineers is $132,233. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Research Engineers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where research engineers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Research Engineers Located?

By looking through more than 6,303 resumes, we found that the most popular places for research engineers are GA, Atlanta and TX, Houston.

Number of Research Engineers

Research Engineer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ research engineers. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most research engineers is the technology industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire research engineers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Research Engineer Work In

Employees with the research engineer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most research engineers prefer to work at public companies over education companies.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ research engineers. Those industries include technology, manufacturing and education.

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Technology

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Education

Health Care

Research Engineer Jobs