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 earnings of Applications Engineers range from $49K on the low end to $98K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $9K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Applications Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,545 - $92,783

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$16.23 - $37.11

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,545 - $92,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,079  
Profit Sharing
$577 - $9,121  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,913  
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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$48,608 - $97,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,767
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.23 - $37.11  
   
Overtime
$24.74 - $49.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,079  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,913  
Profit Sharing
$577 - $9,121  
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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$48,608 - $97,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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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At the upper end, Applications Engineers who move into an Applications Engineering Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Applications Engineering Managers is a much higher $104K per year. More often than not, a Mechanical Engineer role is the next step for Applications Engineers moving up in the field. Pay for Mechanical Engineers is usually $63K. Many Applications Engineers choose to take on a Senior Applications Engineer role instead, where salaries are typically $95K.

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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 top-notch employers for Applications Engineers in this area. Although Baker Hughes Inc leads the field in pay with a median salary of $93K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $41K on the low end all the way up to $118K at the top. Soaring salaries can also be found at Texas Instruments, Inc., General Electric (GE) Energy, and Ametek, Inc., where earnings of $81K, $81K, or $75K are standard for Applications Engineers.

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. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include FLSmidth ($60K), National Instruments Corporation ($62K), and Schneider Electric Ltd ($63K).

Popular Skills for Applications Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


For many Applications Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $62K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Applications Engineers make a median salary of $83K. Applications Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Applications Engineers that is 39 percent greater than the national average, Santa Clara offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Applications Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+32 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Minneapolis and 3 percent less in Phoenix, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Technical Sales
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Product Development
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Sales Engineering
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Engineering Design
0%

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 559 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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