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Senior Applications Engineer Salary

Senior Applications Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $93K annually on average but can range from $71K to $124K per year. Cash earnings of Senior Applications Engineers — including $15K in bonuses, $19K in profit sharing proceeds, and $76K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $71K to approximately $124K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of Senior Applications Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$69,386 - $116,241
MEDIAN: $93,239

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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.
$69,386 - $116,241  
$487.67 - $15,039  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $19,219  
$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).
$70,523 - $123,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435

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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 results suggest that Senior Applications Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C#. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know 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.

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. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $100K. Senior Applications Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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%

Product Development
up arrow 10%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 10%

up arrow 9%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 1%

Software Development

Technical Sales

National Average

up arrow 8%

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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%