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Sales Engineer Salary in U.S.

The salary statistics of sales engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of sales engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The sales engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018 and published in April 2019 [1].

Table 1. Sales Engineer Salary in U.S. (2018 survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$58,430
25th Percentile Wage
$75,410
50th Percentile Wage
$101,420
75th Percentile Wage
$133,340
90th Percentile Wage
$165,350

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for sales engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) sales engineers is $165,350. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $101,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $58,430. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 182% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Median salary trend (2012 to 2018)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of sales engineers from 2012 to 2018.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth6-Year Growth
2018
$101,420
2.66% 9.46%
2017
$98,720
-1.30% -
2016
$100,000
2.35% -
2015
$97,650
1.34% -
2014
$96,340
2.53% -
2013
$93,900
2.20% -
2012
$91,830
- -

Table 2. Sales Engineer Salary by Industry Sector (2018 survey)

The average salaries of sales engineers in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for sales engineers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $124,470. The lowest paying sector is the utilities sector (annual salary $75,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$124,470
Information
$118,480
Educational Services
$108,640
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$107,710
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$106,720
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$100,450
Wholesale Trade
$100,320
Retail Trade
$97,780
Federal, State, and Local Government
$95,790
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$93,750
Manufacturing
$90,670
Transportation and Warehousing
$89,470
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$86,860
Construction
$84,670
Finance and Insurance
$77,380
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$77,230
Utilities
$75,930

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Sales Engineers by States (2018 survey)

From the above tables we note that not only sales engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of sales engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $53,380 to $147,430. The highest paying state for sales engineers is Delaware with a median annual salary of $147,430. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $53,380. For more salary information of sales engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Delaware
$147,430
Colorado
$131,470
Washington
$122,540
Virginia
$121,440
South Dakota
$120,530
Maryland
$117,820
New Hampshire
$114,490
District of Columbia
$112,790
Arizona
$112,780
California
$110,640
Texas
$109,190
Florida
$107,960
Alaska
$107,300
Utah
$106,330
Nevada
$105,570
New York
$103,890
Oregon
$99,580
Idaho
$98,630
Arkansas
$98,550
Michigan
$96,690
Massachusetts
$96,260
South Carolina
$96,070
Oklahoma
$95,910
Georgia
$95,160
New Jersey
$94,570
Iowa
$94,320
Kentucky
$93,190
New Mexico
$92,380
Tennessee
$92,260
Pennsylvania
$92,230
Wisconsin
$91,370
North Carolina
$90,550
Maine
$88,390
Minnesota
$87,980
Montana
$87,840
Connecticut
$87,190
Ohio
$86,750
Indiana
$85,610
Mississippi
$85,290
Kansas
$85,220
Missouri
$84,440
Vermont
$84,430
Louisiana
$83,820
Illinois
$82,020
North Dakota
$81,440
Rhode Island
$78,930
Alabama
$78,480
Nebraska
$78,090
West Virginia
$76,120
Hawaii
$62,740
Puerto Rico
$53,380



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