How Much Do Sales Engineers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Sales Engineers

Sales Engineers sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in engineering.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$117270 per year
Hourly wage
$56 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$60,730 to $79,670 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$29 to $38 per hour

Entry-level Sales Engineers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $60,730 to $79,670 per year or $29 to $38 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Sales Engineers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $89 $184,190
Senior (Top 25%) $71 $148,040
Middle (Mid 50%) $52 $108,830
Junior (Bottom 25%) $38 $79,670
No experience (Bottom 10%) $29 $60,730

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MD $71 $147,640
VA $69 $144,140
CO $66 $137,590
AZ $66 $137,490
DC $66 $136,960
ID $65 $135,110
SD $62 $129,890
NH $62 $129,070
CA $62 $128,220
DE $59 $122,670

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Sales Engineer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MD doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MD might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Sales Engineers are in the states of MD, VA, CO, AZ and DC.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $149810 $72.02
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing $135560 $65.17
Support Activities for Mining $133350 $64.11
Software Publishers $131870 $63.40
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media $131710 $63.32
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $129320 $62.17
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $128520 $61.79
Utility System Construction $126740 $60.93
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $124480 $59.84
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $124410 $59.81
Insurance Carriers $124100 $59.66
Scientific Research and Development Services $123240 $59.25
Other Information Services $122540 $58.91
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $121940 $58.62
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $121490 $58.41
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $120950 $58.15
Warehousing and Storage $120490 $57.93
Telecommunications $120400 $57.88
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $119320 $57.36
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $118740 $57.09
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $117780 $56.63
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $117360 $56.42
Business Support Services $116320 $55.92
Management of Companies and Enterprises $115920 $55.73
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $113510 $54.57
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $110860 $53.30
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $107090 $51.49
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $106020 $50.97
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $105970 $50.95
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $104370 $50.18

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