Senior Applications Engineer Salary

With roughly three in five of Senior Applications Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $71K to $128K per year and averages out to $94K per year. The range in cash compensation to Senior Applications Engineers (largely between $71K and $128K) includes potential earnings of $15K from bonuses, $18K from profit sharing, and commissions of $60K in exceptional cases. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Applications Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$69,832 - $119,245
MEDIAN: $93,656

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$69,832 - $119,245  
$259.12 - $15,073  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $18,060  
$2,000 - $60,000  
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).
$71,386 - $127,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 625
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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

Senior Applications Engineers report using 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 9 percent and 16 percent. Microsoft Office and C# as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Technical Sales and Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Applications Engineer

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

For Senior Applications Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $87K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $93K on average. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $101K. Senior 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 $107K.

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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 12%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 9%

up arrow 8%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

Software Development
up arrow 2%

Technical Sales
up arrow 1%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 1%

National Average

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 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: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 5%