Desktop Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Desktop Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $61K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$40,812 - $89,750
(Median)
$41K
$61K
$90K
MEDIAN: $61,056
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50%
90%

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$14.54 - $34.75
(Median)
$15
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,812 - $89,750  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,594  
Profit Sharing
$2,975 - $14,582  
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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$37,432 - $90,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $34.75  
   
Overtime
$20.44 - $50.87  
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 - $9,594  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,975 - $14,582  
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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$37,432 - $90,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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


Survey results imply that Desktop Engineers deploy a deep pool 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 35 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Hardware Technician and Microsoft Active Directory. Those educated in System Administration tend to be well versed 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Desktop Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


Tampa is home to an above-average pay rate for Desktop Engineers, 21 percent higher than the national average. Desktop Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Columbus (+9 percent), and Washington (+3 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Nashville Desktop Engineers earning much less — 29 percent less — than the national average.

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Experience Affects Desktop Engineer Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Desktop Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
up arrow 35%

Windows 7
up arrow 18%

Automation Scripting
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SCCM
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Windows Support
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System Administration
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Windows 2003 Server
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Windows PowerShell
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Windows Server 2008 R2
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National Average
$59,000

Windows Operating System General Use
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VMware ESX
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 13%
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