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How Much Does a Research Engineer Earn In The United States?

Research Engineer Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
$65,000
$89,000
$121,000
Research engineers in the United States make an average salary of $89,288 per year or $42.93 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level research engineer salary is roughly $65,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $121,000. If you like following the crowd, technology and manufacturing companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out telecommunication, technology, and manufacturing companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Delaware, Alaska, New York, and Maryland provide the highest research engineer salaries.
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Where Research Engineers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where research engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Research Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a research engineer is roughly $89,288 per year, which boils down to $42.93 per hour. Interestingly enough, research engineers have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $123,831 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $82,000. Additionally, research engineers make more than the average salary in Newark, DE, New York, NY, Rockville, MD, Seattle, WA, and San Antonio, TX. On a more broad level, research engineer salaries are highest in California, Delaware, Alaska, New York, Maryland, Texas, and Washington. On the contrary, Arkansas, Kansas, and Nebraska offer the lowest research engineer salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range100k - 153k$124k$123,831

Newark, DE

Salary Range83k - 125k$102k$102,384

New York, NY

Salary Range72k - 108k$89k$89,000

Rockville, MD

Salary Range71k - 107k$88k$87,935

Seattle, WA

Salary Range71k - 107k$88k$87,687

San Antonio, TX

Salary Range70k - 108k$88k$87,514

McLean, VA

Salary Range67k - 101k$83k$82,729

Newark, NJ

Salary Range67k - 100k$82k$82,326

Allentown, PA

Salary Range66k - 100k$82k$82,096

Boston, MA

Salary Range68k - 96k$81k$81,143
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$153k

High Paying Research Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Research Engineers The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like HGST and SK hynix America as they offer the highest salaries for research engineers.
Company
Company
Average Salary
HGST
Salary Range158k - 189k$174k$173,770
SK hynix America
Salary Range153k - 185k$168k$168,411
SanDisk
Salary Range153k - 184k$168k$168,218
Lithium Americas
Salary Range133k - 155k$144k$144,312
eBay
Salary Range132k - 155k$143k$143,410
Bloomberg
Salary Range127k - 159k$142k$142,370
Houzz
Salary Range128k - 141k$135k$134,860
Apple
Salary Range116k - 153k$134k$133,722
Corning
Salary Range116k - 153k$134k$133,604
Jabil
Salary Range114k - 153k$133k$132,753
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    How Much Do Research Engineers Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, research engineer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that telecommunication, technology, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for research engineers. For example, research engineers make a whopping average salary of $113,345 while working for telecommunication companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $107,142 at technology companies and $92,886 at manufacturing companies. But research engineers may want to avoid working in the automotive industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $89,958.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Telecommunication

    Salary Range98k - 130k$113k$113,345

    Technology

    Salary Range91k - 126k$107k$107,142

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range77k - 111k$93k$92,886

    Automotive

    Salary Range76k - 105k$90k$89,958
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    $130k

    How Experience Affects Research Engineer Salaries

    The salary for a research engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    $81,000
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