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Working as an Application Test Engineer

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an application test engineer. For example, did you know that they make an average of $41.77 an hour? That's $86,890 a year!

What Does an Application Test Engineer Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an application test engineer, we found that a lot of resumes listed 29.0% of application test engineers included test plans, while 9.4% of resumes included c++, and 5.3% of resumes included java. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the application test engineer job title. But what industry to start with? Most application test engineers actually find jobs in the technology and manufacturing industries.

How To Become an Application Test Engineer

If you're interested in becoming an application test engineer, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 63.5% of application test engineers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 27.1% of application test engineers have master's degrees. Even though most application test engineers have a college degree, it's impossible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an application test engineer. When we researched the most common majors for an application test engineer, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on application test engineer resumes include associate degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an application test engineer. In fact, many application test engineer jobs require experience in a role such as test engineer. Meanwhile, many application test engineers also have previous career experience in roles such as quality assurance engineer or software test engineer.

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Average Salary for an Application Test Engineer

Application Test Engineers in America make an average salary of $86,890 per year or $42 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $106,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $70,000 per year.
Average Salary
$86,890

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range80k - 123k$100k$99,619
Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ
Salary Range70k - 102k$85k$84,807
Redmond, WA
Salary Range69k - 102k$84k$84,350
Farmers Branch, TX
Salary Range68k - 99k$83k$82,967
Boston, MA
Salary Range68k - 99k$83k$82,579
Philadelphia, PA
Salary Range67k - 97k$81k$80,996
$52k
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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Application Engineer/Pen Tester
Application Engineer/Pen Tester
Management Decisions, Inc.
Management Decisions, Inc.
11/13/2020
11/13/2020
$130,00011/13/2020
$130,000
Application Test Engineer
Application Test Engineer
Robert Half
Robert Half
09/24/2020
09/24/2020
$62,61009/24/2020
$62,610
Application Test Engineer
Application Test Engineer
Randstad
Randstad
01/15/2020
01/15/2020
$104,35001/15/2020
$104,350
Cloud/Web Application Devops/Test Engineer
Cloud/Web Application Devops/Test Engineer
Leading Torch LLC
Leading Torch LLC
04/25/2019
04/25/2019
$120,00004/25/2019
$120,000
Application Test Engineer
Application Test Engineer
Pi Square Technologies LLC
Pi Square Technologies LLC
04/22/2019
04/22/2019
$74,00004/22/2019
$74,000
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Application Test Engineer Demographics

Gender

male

71.0 %

female

25.6 %

unknown

3.4 %

Ethnicity

White

59.4 %

Asian

19.0 %

Hispanic or Latino

9.7 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6 %

Chinese

14.3 %

German

14.3 %
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Application Test Engineer Education

Degrees

Bachelors

63.5 %

Masters

27.1 %

Associate

5.9 %

Top Colleges for Application Test Engineers

1. California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

In-State Tuition
$6,798
Enrollment
31,503

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$51,832
Enrollment
4,550

3. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

4. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

In-State Tuition
$9,992
Enrollment
33,495

5. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

6. Duke University

Durham, NC

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

7. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona, CA

In-State Tuition
$7,353
Enrollment
24,841

8. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

9. Minnesota State University - Mankato

Mankato, MN

In-State Tuition
$8,184
Enrollment
11,675

10. Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

In-State Tuition
$3,926
Enrollment
9,835
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Best States For an Application Test Engineer

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as an application test engineer. The best states for people in this position are New Hampshire, California, Colorado, and Delaware. Application test engineers make the most in New Hampshire with an average salary of $95,647. Whereas in California and Colorado, they would average $95,386 and $93,782, respectively. While application test engineers would only make an average of $92,781 in Delaware, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. New Hampshire

Total Application Test Engineer Jobs:
213
Highest 10% Earn:
$134,000
Location Quotient:
1.41
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Colorado

Total Application Test Engineer Jobs:
779
Highest 10% Earn:
$135,000
Location Quotient:
1.38
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. District of Columbia

Total Application Test Engineer Jobs:
293
Highest 10% Earn:
$142,000
Location Quotient:
1.54
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Application Test Engineer Employers

1. Qualys
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$104,714
Application Test Engineers Hired: 
10+
2. Siemens
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$81,330
Application Test Engineers Hired: 
6+
3. IBM
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$94,835
Application Test Engineers Hired: 
5+
4. Teradyne
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$85,761
Application Test Engineers Hired: 
5+
5. Microsoft
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$113,805
Application Test Engineers Hired: 
5+
6. HP
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$97,601
Application Test Engineers Hired: 
5+

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Updated October 2, 2020