Applications Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Applications Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $66K annually nationwide. Total cash compensation to Applications Engineers approaches anywhere from $48K on the lower end to $98K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by career length and geographic location. Work is enjoyable for Applications Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,523 - $92,738
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$49K
$66K
$93K
MEDIAN: $66,292
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$15.95 - $38.57
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,523 - $92,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,156  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $8,326  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,848  
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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$48,405 - $98,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,682
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.95 - $38.57  
   
Overtime
$23.77 - $48.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,156  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,848  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $8,326  
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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$48,405 - $98,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136

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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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For Applications Engineers, progressing to an Applications Engineering Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Applications Engineering Manager can earn $105K annually. The most common career progression for Applications Engineers leads to becoming a Mechanical Engineer, where pay is typically $62K. However, many Applications Engineers also opt to become Power Control Senior Application Engineers, a position that pays $86K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applications Engineer


Applications Engineers flock to Texas Instruments, Inc., Schneider Electric Ltd, Flowserve Corporation, Baker Hughes Inc, and General Electric (GE) Energy, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Employees of Baker Hughes Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $92K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $32K to $121K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Texas Instruments, Inc. at $81K, General Electric (GE) Energy at $81K, and Ametek, Inc., where Applications Engineers annually earn $75K.

Extron Electronics seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $57K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $40K and $83K. FLSmidth, Schneider Electric Ltd, and Eaton Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($60K, $63K, and $70K respectively).

Popular Skills for Applications Engineer


Applications Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Software Development, Matlab, Customer Relationship Management, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $63K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $75K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $83K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $90K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Applications Engineers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Applications Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 8 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis (8 percent lower) and Phoenix (5 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
$68,000


Skills That Affect Applications Engineer Salaries


Matlab
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Sales Engineering
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Project Management
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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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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 620 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%