Sales Engineers

risk level
Based on 134 votes
by 2031
or $52.17 hourly
as of 2022

Automation risk

34% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Persuasion

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Negotiation

  • Originality

User poll

31% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that there is a small chance this occupation will be replaced. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 34% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that this occupation will be replaced by robots or AI in the next 20 years?


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Sales Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 5.7% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Sales Engineers' was $108,530, or $52.17 per hour

'Sales Engineers' were paid 134.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 59,700 people employed as Sales Engineers within the United States.

This represents around 0.04% of the employed workforce across the country.

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as Sales Engineers.

Job description

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

SOC Code: 41-9031.00


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Apryde (No chance) says
I've been doing this for more than 20 years and there are too many variables to have an AI do this.
Jun 21, 2021 at 02:25 PM
Joseph Traynor says
Yes, a Sales Engineer needs to know more about technical requirements and often performs complex and intuitive tasks but With AI I can see a Sales Engineer Manager with a few AI Sales Engineers doing some virtual problem-solving. To be honest I would welcome an AI doing the repetitive parts of my Job and allow me to focus on the Human Intuitive part.
Oct 21, 2019 at 10:04 PM
AHMAD UMAR (Small chance) says
Its a very customized job category with very little repetitious actions.
Aug 18, 2019 at 08:27 AM

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