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Applications Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Applications Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $65K per year. In the world of Applications Engineers, overall cash earnings stretch from $48K near the bottom to $98K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $10K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $8K, along with commissions approaching $15K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$48,139 - $92,289
(Median)
48K
65K
79K
92K
MEDIAN: $65,497
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$15.93 - $38.44
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,139 - $92,289  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,113  
Profit Sharing
$641 - $8,149  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,865  
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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$48,166 - $97,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,557
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.93 - $38.44  
   
Overtime
$23.00 - $45.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,113  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,865  
Profit Sharing
$641 - $8,149  
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).
)
$48,166 - $97,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 129
United States (change)

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 bring home $104K per year. Applications Engineers go on to become Mechanical Engineers more often than anything even though typical pay for the role is $62K. Applications Engineers who move into a Power Control Senior Application Engineer role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $86K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applications Engineer


Applications Engineers flock to Texas Instruments, Inc., Schneider Electric Ltd, Baker Hughes Inc, General Electric (GE) Energy, and Eaton Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Baker Hughes Inc offers the largest salaries in town ($93K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $32K to $122K. Other leaders in compensation levels are General Electric (GE) Energy at $81K, Texas Instruments, Inc. at $80K, and Ametek, Inc., where Applications Engineers annually earn $75K.

Employees at FLSmidth, Schneider Electric Ltd, and Eaton Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $60K, $63K, and $70K.

Popular Skills for Applications Engineer


Survey takers working as Applications Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Software Development, Matlab, Product Development, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Most people who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $82K in this role. Applications Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $90K.

Pay Difference by Location


Santa Clara offers some of the highest pay in the country for Applications Engineers, 40 percent above the national average. Applications Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+26 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (9 percent lower) and Minneapolis (8 percent lower).

Applications Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as an Applications Engineer?
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
$67,000


Skills That Affect Applications Engineer Salaries


Matlab
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Technical Sales
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Sales Engineering
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Engineering Design
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Production Support
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National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Office
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 645 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%