What does a Research Engineer do?

Research engineers plan, design, develop, and build innovative equipment and technologies using a research-driven process. They perform investigations, testing, modeling, verifications, comparative analysis, and other forms of research to make educated recommendations. They support and guide organizations or clients in making informed decisions based on this data, which is then used to develop action plans for designing and implementing systems and equipment that supports key objectives. They also play an active role in strategic planning by providing ongoing research-based input and advice.

Research engineers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, or another technical field, although an advanced degree is often preferred. They should have hands-on experience with a wide range of research tools and programs, including verification and testing programs.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Research Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$3,900 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $4K
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Research Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Research Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Dinrack Integrated Systems
Research and Development Engineer
8 Mar 2020

“You get a very good and supporting boss to work with which will definitely shape your future career”

Huawei TechnologiesHuawei Technologies
Research Engineer
9 Apr 2021

“Research is extremely applied and the best ideas suffer from production level coding and technical debt.”

6 Aug 2020

“I enjoyed my work and the people I interacted with on a regular basis were great.”

Senior R&D Firmware Engineer
16 Jul 2021

“Do not have any development methodologies and project management strategies to develop a good product.”

University of LeedsUniversity of Leeds
Research Software Engineer
5 Jan 2022

“The work and life balance was very much similar to like working at an angel startup.”

STEMCELL TechnologiesSTEMCELL Technologies
Research & Development
29 May 2020

“Everyone here wants to do a great job but sometimes hierarchy and bureaucratic processes can get in the way.”

Director of Device R&D
20 Jul 2021

“It is a great opportunity to learn and apply what you know in many areas and levels.”

Certified LaboratoriesCertified Laboratories
Research and Science
19 Sep 2020

“Management ensures that we have a healthy work culture and all the needed tools to do our best.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a research engineer

When working as a research engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Windows Operating Systems, Machine Learning, Python Scripting, X86 and Algorithms.

The most similar professions to research engineer are:
  • Development Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Validation Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a research engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.