Applications Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Applications Engineers earn an average of $66K annually. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Applications Engineers spread between $49K and $98K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Applications Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,617 - $92,866
(Median)
$49K
$66K
$93K
MEDIAN: $66,134
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50%
90%

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$16.25 - $37.82
(Median)
$16
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,617 - $92,866  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,098  
Profit Sharing
$577 - $8,867  
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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$48,690 - $98,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,754
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.25 - $37.82  
   
Overtime
$24.71 - $49.47  
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 - $10,098  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$577 - $8,867  
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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$48,690 - $98,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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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 $104K per year. A Mechanical Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Applications Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $63K on average. The Senior Applications Engineer position is another common transition for Applications Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $95K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applications Engineer


Texas Instruments, Inc., Schneider Electric Ltd, Flowserve Corporation, Baker Hughes Inc, and General Electric (GE) Energy are among the top companies that take on many Applications Engineers. Baker Hughes Inc does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $92K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $32K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $121K. Texas Instruments, Inc., General Electric (GE) Energy, and Ametek, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Applications Engineers earning around $81K, $81K, or $75K at each firm, respectively.

Offering a median salary of only $57K, Extron Electronics gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $40K to $83K isn't that wide, either. Workers at FLSmidth, National Instruments Corporation, and Thrivent Financial For Lutherans also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $60K, $62K, and $63K respectively.

Popular Skills for Applications Engineer


Survey results imply that Applications Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Software Development, Matlab, Project Management, and Customer Relationship Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, 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.


Applications Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $63K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $75K. For Applications Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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 $88K.

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 (+31 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Workers in Minneapolis and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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
up arrow 7%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 4%

Technical Sales
up arrow 3%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

Sales Engineering
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$68,000

Production Support
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 568 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

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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