Desktop Engineer Salary

Desktop Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $60K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$41,108 - $92,266
$41K
$60K
$92K
MEDIAN: $60,378
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50%
90%

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$17.22 - $33.90
$17
$24
$34
MEDIAN: $24.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,108 - $92,266  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
Profit Sharing
$700  
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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$39,988 - $90,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$17.22 - $33.90  
   
Overtime
$28.01 - $61.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$700  
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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$39,988 - $90,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Desktop Engineer


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Desktop Engineers who go on to become Systems Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Systems Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $64K.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Engineer


Desktop Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Systems Engineering, Windows 7, and Automation Scripting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 19 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cisco Networking, Microsoft Office, and Windows Support. Those proficient in System Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in Windows 2003 Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Desktop Engineer

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


For many Desktop Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $59K. Desktop Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $62K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $69K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,724

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Desktop Engineers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Desktop Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+18 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Tampa (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, Nashville Desktop Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 32 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (19 percent lower) and Troy (12 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Desktop Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Desktop Engineer Salaries

▲18%

▲6%

▲1%

National Average
$59,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Desktop Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
▲31%

Windows 7
▲19%

Automation Scripting
▲16%

Windows Server 2012 R2
▲11%


SCCM
▲8%



National Average
$59,000







Cisco Networking
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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