Senior Applications Engineer Salary

Nearly three in five of Senior Applications Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $71K to $127K per year, but median earnings come to around $93K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $18K, overall incomes of Senior Applications Engineers spread between $71K and $127K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Senior Applications Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$69,496 - $119,457
MEDIAN: $93,486

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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.
$69,496 - $119,457  
$256.39 - $15,036  
Profit Sharing
$97.44 - $18,246  
$1,939 - $61,825  
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).
$71,042 - $126,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 584
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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

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. Microsoft Office and C# as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Technical Sales and Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For Senior Applications Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $101K on average. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $108K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Customer Relations
up arrow 16%

Software Architecture
up arrow 13%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 10%

Product Development
up arrow 8%

up arrow 8%

Software Development
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design

Technical Sales

National Average

Systems Engineering
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.


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%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%