Applications Engineer Salary

Applications Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $66K annually. In the world of Applications Engineers, total cash compensation ranges from $49K on the lower end to $98K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $10K and profit sharing that approaches $9K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $15K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Most Applications Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$48,708 - $92,883
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$49K
$66K
$93K
MEDIAN: $66,210
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$16.21 - $37.94
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,708 - $92,883  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,119  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $8,593  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,681  
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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$48,755 - $98,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,734
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.21 - $37.94  
   
Overtime
$24.62 - $48.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,119  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $8,593  
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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$48,755 - $98,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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 $105K per year. Going from Applications Engineer to Mechanical Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Mechanical Engineers is $63K. Many others choose to work as Power Control Senior Application Engineers, where pay is typically $86K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applications Engineer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Applications Engineers include Texas Instruments, Inc., Schneider Electric Ltd, Flowserve Corporation, Baker Hughes Inc, and General Electric (GE) Energy. Although Baker Hughes Inc heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $92K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $32K to $121K. Applications Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Texas Instruments, Inc. (+$81K), General Electric (GE) Energy (+$81K), and Ametek, Inc. (+$75K).

For Applications Engineers, below-average salaries can be found at Extron Electronics; in fact, average earnings are around $57K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($40K versus $83K) is great. Also approaching the lower end are FLSmidth at $60K, National Instruments Corporation at $62K, and Thrivent Financial For Lutherans at $63K.

Popular Skills for Applications Engineer


Survey results imply that Applications Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Software Development, Matlab, Customer Relationship Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Engineer

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


For many Applications Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $63K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $75K. On average, Applications Engineers make $83K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $88K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Applications Engineers will find that Santa Clara offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Applications Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+30 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (6 percent less) and Phoenix (4 percent less).

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
$68,000


Skills That Affect Applications Engineer Salaries


Matlab
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Project Management
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Product Development
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Sales Engineering
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Technical Sales
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$68,000

Production Support
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 576 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
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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