Applications Engineer Salary

Applications Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $66K per year. Total cash compensation to Applications Engineers varies from $49K to $98K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Applications Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,687 - $93,353
(Median)
$49K
$66K
$93K
MEDIAN: $66,245
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$16.16 - $36.71
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$16
$24
$37
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,687 - $93,353  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,083  
Profit Sharing
$588 - $10,117  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,679  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$48,672 - $98,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,086
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.16 - $36.71  
   
Overtime
$21.16 - $48.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,083  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,679  
Profit Sharing
$588 - $10,117  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$48,672 - $98,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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Job Description for Applications Engineer

Applications engineers work in many different industries and create, implement and maintain computer applications and software tailored to an organization's or customer's needs. This can be done by either modifying current software or completely designing a new project. Application engineers' work environments are generally in an office setting with much of their time spent in front of a computer testing and writing software. They may also work with teams of other engineers that break apart a large task into smaller ones for easier manageability, and they will usually have a manager that they work under. The industries that employ application engineers range from healthcare and finance, to sales and marketing, so there are many types of career options for application engineers. Banks hire them to create online banking applications for their customers and mechanical industries can hire them to program large machines for production.

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Applications Engineer Tasks

  • Participate in overall systems testing.
  • Write technical specifications to design or redesign computer solutions.
  • Support in the design, development and modification of computer applications and programs.

Common Career Paths for Applications Engineer


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Applications Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Applications Engineering Manager. The average Applications Engineering Manager brings home $104K per year. The most common career progression for Applications Engineers leads to becoming a Mechanical Engineer, where pay is typically $63K. However, many Applications Engineers also opt to become Senior Applications Engineers, a position that pays $96K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applications Engineer


Dominating the field, Texas Instruments, Inc., Schneider Electric Ltd, Flowserve Corporation, Baker Hughes Inc, and Extron Electronics are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Applications Engineers. Employees at Baker Hughes Inc enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $95K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $74K and higher ones not far away at only $122K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider General Electric (GE) Energy, Texas Instruments, Inc., and Siemens, top-paying firms where Applications Engineers rake in a comfortable $81K, $81K, or $78K, respectively.

69 percent lower than the top payer, Extron Electronics offers a median salary of just $56K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. FLSmidth, Schneider Electric Ltd and National Instruments Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $60K, $63K, and $63K.

Popular Skills for Applications Engineer


Applications Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Software Development, Product Development, Project Management, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Applications Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $63K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $75K. On average, Applications Engineers make $83K following one to two decades on the job. Applications Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,820

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Applications Engineers in Santa Clara enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Applications Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+32 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Dallas (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 8 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Denver and 2 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Applications Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as an Applications Engineer?

Applications Engineer in Miami:
"Underdog."
Pros: Having the title of an application engineer states that you're the underdog in the office. It's an extremely stress full job. Yet, it grows on you, because part of it; is dedicating time to educate and help out individual once you do so, the since of accomplishment out ways the stress level. (At times!)
Cons: Extremely stressful and mental dedicated job.

Applications Engineer in Alexandria:
"Testing software, creating test steps, agile runs."
Pros: People, atmosphere, commute, flexibility in work schedule.
Cons: Cultural differences, work space,

Applications Engineer in Houston:
"Regular Nine To Five."
Pros: I like being able to come home at the same time everyday.
Cons: High stress job where small errors add up quick.

Applications Engineer in Rochester:
"New To Applications Engineering."
Pros: The job is very easy going and the pace usually depended on you. There is a decent amount of travel in this job if you like to do so.
Cons: The pay is not great at first. It's not what you would expect after owing so much in loans after 4-5 years of college.

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Experience Affects Applications Engineer Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Applications Engineer Salaries


Project Management
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Product Development
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Matlab
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Sales Engineering
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$68,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 561 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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