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Applications Engineer Salary

Male Applications Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $66K annually in the United States. Overall incomes of Applications Engineers — including $10K bonuses, $8K profit sharing proceeds, and $15K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $49K and $98K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Applications Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,721 - $92,611
(Median)
$49K
$66K
$93K
MEDIAN: $66,373
10%
50%
90%

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$15.89 - $38.11
(Median)
$16
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,721 - $92,611  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,160  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $8,272  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,740  
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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$48,700 - $98,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,695
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.89 - $38.11  
   
Overtime
$23.65 - $48.48  
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 - $10,160  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,740  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $8,272  
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).
)
$48,700 - $98,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Applications Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Applications Engineering Manager. The latter position pays an average of $105K annually. The most common career progression for Applications Engineers leads to becoming a Mechanical Engineer, where pay is typically $63K. 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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Applications Engineers include Texas Instruments, Inc., Schneider Electric Ltd, Flowserve Corporation, Baker Hughes Inc, and General Electric (GE) Energy. Applications Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Baker Hughes Inc, where the median salary comes to $92K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($32K) and those starting out ($121K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. 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 offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $57K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $40K to $83K. Also approaching the lower end are FLSmidth at $60K, National Instruments Corporation at $62K, and Schneider Electric Ltd at $63K.

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 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $63K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $75K. Applications Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. Applications Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $90K.

Pay Difference by Location


Santa Clara offers some of the highest pay in the country for Applications Engineers, 36 percent above the national average. Applications Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+29 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 8 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Phoenix (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, 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%

Technical Sales
up arrow 3%

Sales Engineering
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$68,000

Production Support
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 606 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
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%
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