Desktop Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Desktop Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $61K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Desktop Engineers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,000 - $94,217
$42K
$61K
$94K
MEDIAN: $60,856
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$17.41 - $33.83
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$24
$34
MEDIAN: $24.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,000 - $94,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
Profit Sharing
$275.00  
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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$40,537 - $91,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.41 - $33.83  
   
Overtime
$26.25 - $53.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
   
Profit Sharing
$275.00  
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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$40,537 - $91,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99

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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 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 pay less than market rate include Cisco Networking, Microsoft Office, and Windows Support. The majority of those who know System Administration also know Windows 2003 Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Desktop Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Desktop Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Desktop Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 148 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Desktop Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 144 salaries. An experienced Desktop Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 138 salaries. A Desktop Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 26 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,874

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

For Desktop Engineers, New York provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Desktop Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Desktop Engineer's salary, with Nashville Desktop Engineers earning salaries that are 33 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (19 percent lower) and Troy (13 percent lower).

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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 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
8%
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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 58 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 14%
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