Applications Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Applications Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $68K annually. Overall cash earnings for Applications Engineers vary widely between $50K and $99K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Applications Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,059 - $96,471
$50K
$68K
$96K
MEDIAN: $67,607
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$15.58 - $37.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$50,059 - $96,471  
   
Bonus
$200.33 - $10,065  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,146  
Commission
$0.35 - $13,702  
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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$49,799 - $99,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,084
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.58 - $37.85  
   
Overtime
$18.18 - $51.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$200.33 - $10,065  
   
Commission
$0.35 - $13,702  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,146  
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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$49,799 - $99,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 132

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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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As Applications Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Applications Engineering Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Applications Engineering Managers earn $105K on average per year. The most common promotion for Applications Engineers is a Mechanical Engineer position, which usually brings in $64K a year. Another standard transition for Applications Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Applications Engineer role, where pay is often $95K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applications Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Applications Engineers, Texas Instruments, Inc., National Instruments Corporation, Extron Electronics, General Electric (GE) Energy, and Flowserve Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Baker Hughes Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $100K. Texas Instruments, Inc., General Electric (GE) Energy, and Ametek, Inc. also offer top salaries for Applications Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $90K, $81K, and $75K, respectively.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Extron Electronics — the median salary comes to just $56K, 77 percent less than the top paying company. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Autoliv Inc. ($60K), FLSmidth ($60K), and Schneider Electric Ltd ($62K).

Popular Skills for Applications Engineer


Survey takers working as Applications Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in C++, Product Development, Sales Engineering, and Technical Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks, autodesk autocad, and Computer Aided Design. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Applications Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Applications Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 1,427 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Applications Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 550 salaries. An experienced Applications Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 320 salaries. An Applications Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 138 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,817

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San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Applications Engineers, 43 percent above the national average. Applications Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Troy (+21 percent), Austin (+20 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). Rochester ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Milwaukee (7 percent lower) and Boston (3 percent lower).

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
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 319 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Applications Engineer Salaries

▲27%

▲25%

▲10%

National Average
$69,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Applications Engineer Salaries


C++
▲4%




National Average
$69,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼1%




▼6%





▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 319 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 7%
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