Sales EngineerSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

A sales engineer helps bridge the product knowledge gap between the product development team and the client or sales team. It is their responsibility to understand the ins and outs of the very technical and complicated products and be able to explain them in a comprehensive and simple manner. They help the client understand the benefits of the product and why it is beneficial to purchase. If you are tech-savvy, a people person, and have a background in sales, then this position may be the perfect fit for you!

Sales engineers work in multiple different industries but are heavily concentrated in technology companies. There are also plenty of opportunities for sales engineers in the hardware industry, supply merchant wholesale companies, building material sales, heating and plumbing equipment, and other technical products.

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Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a sales engineer is $90,900 per year in the United States. While only base salaries are reflected here, commissions and bonuses may greatly increase total compensation. Additionally, salaries will vary based on experience, company size, industry, and geographic market. 

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$94,400$122,300
Los Angeles, California$102,000$138,000
Denver, Colorado$85,000$115,000
Washington, DC$103,550$140,100
Miami, Florida$84,600$114,450
Orlando, Florida$78,050$105,600
Tampa, Florida$78,800$106,600
Atlanta, Georgia$82,650$111,850
Chicago, Illinois$95,000$128,600
Boston, Massachusetts$102,750$139,050
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$81,900$110,800
New York City, New York$108,150$146,350
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$88,100$119,150
Dallas, Texas$85,750$116,050
Houston, Texas$85,400$115,500
Seattle, Washington$98,900$133,800
National Average$77,250$104,550

Sample interview questions

  • What do you know about our products?
  • How do you handle a situation where your client’s product isn’t working and they are clearly upset?
  • Give me your 30-second elevator pitch. 
  • How would you explain [Your Company’s Product] in layman’s terms to someone who isn’t experienced with technology?
  • Can you tell us about a time when you had a great experience with a customer?
  • What is the most important part of the sales process?
  • In your opinion, what is the best way to gain trust with a potential customer?
  • What sales software have you used in the past?
  • What is your favorite part about sales and why?

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