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Senior Applications Engineer Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Senior Applications Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $70K to $124K per year, but median earnings come to around $93K annually. In the world of Senior Applications Engineers, total cash compensation ranges from $70K on the lower end to $124K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $15K and profit sharing that approaches $20K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $76K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Applications Engineers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$69,297 - $116,743
MEDIAN: $92,863

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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.
$69,297 - $116,743  
$99.33 - $15,043  
Profit Sharing
$96.68 - $19,627  
$1,021 - $76,340  
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).
$70,495 - $124,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 450

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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relations, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, Product Development, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C#. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know Technical Sales and Software Development. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $92K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $86K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $100K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $107K.

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Experience Affects Senior Applications Engineer Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Senior Applications Engineer Salaries

Customer Relations
up arrow 17%

Product Development
up arrow 10%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 10%

up arrow 9%

Technical Sales
up arrow 3%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Software Development
up arrow 1%

National Average

Project Management
up arrow 1%

up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%