Desktop Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Desktop Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $61K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Desktop Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$41,467 - $92,684
$41K
$61K
$93K
MEDIAN: $60,630
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$17.51 - $34.24
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$34
MEDIAN: $24.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,467 - $92,684  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,365  
Profit Sharing
$700  
Total Pay (?
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$40,351 - $90,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$17.51 - $34.24  
   
Overtime
$27.05 - $60.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,365  
   
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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$40,351 - $90,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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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.

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Desktop Engineers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Systems Engineer. Median pay for Systems Engineers is $64K.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Engineer


Desktop Engineers report using 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 30 percent, 19 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cisco Networking, Microsoft Office, and Windows Support. It is often found that people who know System Administration are 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 Desktop Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $53K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $58K. Desktop Engineers bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,916

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

For those looking to make money, Desktop Engineers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Desktop Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Desktop Engineers in Nashville earn salaries far below the national average by 33 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Pittsburgh and Troy earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Desktop Engineer

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Desktop Engineer Salaries

▲18%

▲6%

National Average
$59,000

▼1%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Desktop Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
▲30%

Windows 7
▲19%

Automation Scripting
▲16%


SCCM
▲8%



National Average
$59,000

VMware ESX
▼2%







Cisco Networking
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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