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Senior Applications Engineer Salary

Close to 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 $72K to $125K per year, and the average comes out to $93K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Applications Engineers — including $15K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $72K to $125K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Applications Engineers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$70,322 - $116,116
MEDIAN: $93,282

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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.
$70,322 - $116,116  
$507 - $15,194  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,518  
$7,630 - $26,728  
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).
$71,891 - $124,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Customer Relations, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 19 percent. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Applications Engineer

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

Senior Applications Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. During the first five years of their careers, Senior Applications Engineers see a median income of $87K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $92K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $101K. As Senior Applications Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $108K.

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Experience Affects Senior Applications Engineer Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Senior Applications Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
up arrow 19%

Customer Relations
up arrow 15%

Product Development
up arrow 9%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 9%

Technical Sales
up arrow 7%

up arrow 6%

Engineering Design
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Project Management
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Software Development
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 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: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%