Applications Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Applications Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $66K per year. Overall cash earnings of Applications Engineers stretch from $49K to $98K; the final number can encompass up to $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with some enjoying commissions of almost $13K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Applications Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,687 - $93,353
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$49K
$66K
$93K
MEDIAN: $66,245
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$16.16 - $36.71
(Median)
$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 (?
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Applications Engineering Manager, where median compensation is $104K annually. A Mechanical Engineer role is the most common promotion for Applications Engineers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $63K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Applications Engineers is a Senior Applications Engineer position, where earnings are usually $96K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applications Engineer


Applications Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Texas Instruments, Inc., Schneider Electric Ltd, Flowserve Corporation, Baker Hughes Inc, and Extron Electronics. Applications Engineers in search of the best pay head to Baker Hughes Inc, where the median salary rolls in at $95K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $122K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $74K. Applications Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at General Electric (GE) Energy ($81K), Texas Instruments, Inc. ($81K), and Siemens ($78K).

The lowest pay by far can be found at Extron Electronics — this employer offers a median salary of $56K, 69 percent lower than the top payer. FLSmidth, Schneider Electric Ltd, and National Instruments Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($60K, $63K, and $63K respectively).

Popular Skills for Applications Engineer


Applications Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 experienced in 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.


Applications Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $63K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $83K in this role. Applications Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $88K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,820

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Santa Clara is home to an above-average pay rate for Applications Engineers, 44 percent higher than 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. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (6 percent less) and Portland (2 percent less).

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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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Technical Sales
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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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