Senior Applications Engineer Salary

Senior Applications Engineers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below three-fifths of Senior Applications Engineers. Pay fluctuates from $71K to $124K per year, but expected earnings average $93K annually. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Senior Applications Engineers — as high as $15K, $19K and $69K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $71K to $124K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Senior Applications Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,283 - $117,110

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$69,283 - $117,110  
$100.00 - $14,924  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $19,000  
$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).
$70,708 - $124,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 16 percent. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. C# and Project Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Project Management also know Technical Sales and Software Development. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in 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.

Senior Applications Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $87K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $92K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Applications Engineers make a median salary of $100K. 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 16%

Software Architecture
up arrow 13%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 10%

up arrow 9%

Product Development
up arrow 8%

Software Development
up arrow 1%

Technical Sales

Systems Engineering

National Average

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

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


8 %
92 %

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: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%