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Desktop Engineer Salary

Male Desktop Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $62K per year in the United States. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Desktop Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too.
$42,788 - $86,841
(Median)
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62K
71K
87K
MEDIAN: $62,376
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$14.34 - $35.94
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,788 - $86,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,040  
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $14,740  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$37,296 - $88,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.34 - $35.94  
   
Overtime
$19.97 - $51.53  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $14,740  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$37,296 - $88,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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Job Description for Desktop Engineer

A desktop engineer specializes in building and maintaining information technology (IT) in a professional capacity. They are usually employed by companies that need an on-site expert to manage office networks and technology. The responsibilities of a desktop engineer cover a wide range of duties within the area of information technology, including handling network creation and maintenance, designing and implementing security solutions, troubleshooting technical issues with staff, and generally managing all kinds of IT-related situations and problems.

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Desktop Engineer Tasks

  • Assist in development of IT and infrastructure projects.
  • Manage returns on warranted systems and parts.
  • Perform support services to employees with technical problems an IT issues.
  • Correct hardware problems with laptops, desktops and other computing equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and maintain standard software configurations.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Windows 7, Automation Scripting, and SCCM are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 17 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Active Directory. Most people experienced in System Administration also know Windows 2003 Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Desktop Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. Desktop Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $73K on average.

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Experience Affects Desktop Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%



National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Desktop Engineer Salaries

Windows 7
up arrow 25%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 17%

SCCM
up arrow 14%

Windows Support
up arrow 6%

System Administration
up arrow 4%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

National Average
$60,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 12%