Applications Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Applications Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $67K per year. Overall cash earnings of Applications Engineers stretch from $50K near the bottom to $99K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Applications Engineers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,755 - $95,604
$50K
$67K
$96K
MEDIAN: $67,077
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$15.82 - $38.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,755 - $95,604  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $9,972  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $10,084  
Commission
$0.40 - $14,577  
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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$49,526 - $98,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,954
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.82 - $38.02  
   
Overtime
$20.23 - $52.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$195.74 - $9,972  
   
Commission
$0.40 - $14,577  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $10,084  
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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$49,526 - $98,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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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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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 $105K per year. A Mechanical Engineer role is the most common promotion for Applications Engineers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $64K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Applications Engineers is a Senior Applications Engineer position, where earnings are usually $95K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applications Engineer


Texas Instruments, Inc., National Instruments Corporation, Extron Electronics, General Electric (GE) Energy, and Flowserve Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Applications Engineers. Applications Engineers flock to Baker Hughes Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $100K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are Texas Instruments, Inc. at $90K, General Electric (GE) Energy at $81K, and Ametek, Inc., where Applications Engineers annually earn $75K.

Extron Electronics employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $56K, 77 percent lower than the top payer. Also approaching the lower end are Autoliv Inc. at $60K, FLSmidth at $60K, and Schneider Electric Ltd at $62K.

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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, autodesk autocad, and Computer Aided Design. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in 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: $68,339

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Applications Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Applications Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Troy (+21 percent), Austin (+21 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Rochester is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. 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 282 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Applications Engineer Salaries

▲28%

▲25%

▲10%

National Average
$68,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Applications Engineer Salaries


C++
▲5%




Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼0%

National Average
$68,000




▼5%





▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 282 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 7%
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