Senior Applications Engineer Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Senior Applications Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $70K to $125K per year, and the average comes out to $93K annually. Total cash compensation for Senior Applications Engineers runs from $70K to $125K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $19K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. For the most part, Senior Applications Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$68,952 - $117,267
MEDIAN: $92,888

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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.
$68,952 - $117,267  
$99.10 - $14,983  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $19,315  
$1,500 - $69,000  
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).
$70,345 - $124,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 500
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Job Description for Senior Applications Engineer

Senior applications engineers are responsible for providing expert-level technical support for system protection and automation duties in their organization. They are in charge of handling engineering tasks related to machine functioning, and one of their main responsibilities includes the developing and testing of applications that satisfy product needs. They review material specifications, select products that meet cost requirements and customer needs, and make detailed technical presentations to customers and their management team that show advantages of using certain applications over the competition.


Senior Applications Engineer Tasks

  • Coordinate data across teams to create coherent products and communication with clients.
  • Manage project schedules, including testing and delivery to customers.
  • Research, document, and act as subject matter expert on specified applications.
  • Participate in design and improvement processes.

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Popular Skills for Senior Applications Engineer

Survey results imply that Senior Applications Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relations, Software Architecture, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Microsoft Office and C# as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. A tool kit that includes Project Management also typically contains Technical Sales and Software Development. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Software Development and Technical Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Applications Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Senior Applications Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Senior Applications Engineers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $86K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $92K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $101K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $108K.

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Experience Affects Senior Applications Engineer Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Senior Applications Engineer Salaries

Customer Relations
up arrow 17%

Software Architecture
up arrow 13%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 10%

Product Development
up arrow 9%

up arrow 9%

Technical Sales
up arrow 2%

Software Development
up arrow 1%

Systems Engineering

National Average

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.


9 %
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%