Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Applications Engineers earn an average of $67K annually. Overall cash earnings of Applications Engineers stretch from $49K near the bottom to $98K on the more lucrative end; these packages can sometimes encompass potential bonuses and profit sharing of almost $10K each, along with commissions approaching $14K in rare cases. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Applications Engineers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$49,709 - $94,436
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MEDIAN: $66,970
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,709 - $94,436  
   
Bonus
$202.98 - $10,051  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $9,992  
Commission
$0.20 - $14,391  
Total Pay (?
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$49,470 - $98,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,076
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.49 - $37.79  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $52.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$202.98 - $10,051  
   
Commission
$0.20 - $14,391  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $9,992  
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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$49,470 - $98,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 131

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Applications Engineer


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At the upper end, Applications Engineers who move into an Applications Engineering Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Applications Engineering Managers is a much higher $105K per year. As Applications Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Mechanical Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $64K. Another common career choice for Applications Engineers is to move into a Senior Applications Engineer role — this promotion usually pays $95K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applications Engineer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Applications Engineers include Texas Instruments, Inc., National Instruments Corporation, Extron Electronics, General Electric (GE) Energy, and Flowserve Corporation. Baker Hughes Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $100K on average. Other big spenders include Texas Instruments, Inc., General Electric (GE) Energy, and Ametek, Inc., top-paying firms where Applications Engineers see paychecks nearing $91K, $81K, or $75K.

77 percent less than the top paying company, Extron Electronics offers a median salary of just $56K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Workers at Autoliv Inc., FLSmidth, and Schneider Electric Ltd also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $60K, $60K, and $62K respectively.

Popular Skills for Applications Engineer


Survey results imply that Applications Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, Product Development, Sales Engineering, and Technical Sales are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, autodesk autocad, and Computer Aided Design. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Engineer

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


Applications Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $64K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $75K. Applications Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $87K. Applications Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,227

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For Applications Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Applications Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+23 percent), Troy (+22 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Auburn Hills (+7 percent). Rochester is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Employers in Milwaukee and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Applications Engineer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Applications Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 291 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Applications Engineer Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 291 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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