An average Applications Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $67K annually. Overall cash earnings of Applications Engineers stretch from $49K near the bottom to $97K on the more lucrative end; these packages can sometimes encompass potential bonuses and profit sharing of almost $10K each, along with commissions approaching $14K in rare cases. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Applications Engineers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,403 - $93,775
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MEDIAN: $66,767
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$15.48 - $36.60
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,403 - $93,775  
   
Bonus
$300.50 - $9,943  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $9,595  
Commission
$0.22 - $14,295  
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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$49,234 - $97,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,042
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.48 - $36.60  
   
Overtime
$18.66 - $52.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$300.50 - $9,943  
   
Commission
$0.22 - $14,295  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $9,595  
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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$49,234 - $97,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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 $105K per year. Applications Engineers go on to become Mechanical Engineers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $64K. Applications Engineers who move into a Senior Applications Engineer role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $95K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applications Engineer


Texas Instruments, Inc., National Instruments Corporation, Flowserve Corporation, Extron Electronics, and General Electric (GE) Energy are all popular places to work. For Applications Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Baker Hughes Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $100K, the highest in the area. Soaring salaries can also be found at Texas Instruments, Inc., General Electric (GE) Energy, and Siemens, where earnings of $90K, $81K, or $79K are standard for Applications Engineers.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Extron Electronics, where the median salary is a mere $56K, 77 percent less than the top paying company. Autoliv Inc., FLSmidth, and Schneider Electric Ltd also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $60K, $60K, and $63K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Applications Engineer


Survey results imply that Applications Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in C++, Product Development, Sales Engineering, and Technical Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks, autodesk autocad, and Computer Aided Design. Most people who know 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Applications Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $64K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. For Applications Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $86K. Applications Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,028

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Home to some of the best pay for Applications Engineers, Santa Clara offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Applications Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+41 percent), Austin (+17 percent), Troy (+14 percent), and Dallas (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Rochester. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (3 percent lower) and Milwaukee (2 percent lower).

Applications Engineer Reviews

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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Experience Affects Applications Engineer Salaries




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$68,000


Skills That Affect Applications Engineer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 291 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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