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Desktop Engineer Salary

Desktop Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $61K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. Job satisfaction for Desktop Engineers is high.

$41,301 - $90,442
(Median)
$41K
$61K
$90K
MEDIAN: $61,373
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90%

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$14.53 - $35.09
(Median)
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,301 - $90,442  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,668  
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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$37,289 - $91,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $35.09  
   
Overtime
$20.34 - $51.92  
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 - $9,668  
   
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).
)
$37,289 - $91,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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


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 34 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Hardware Technician, Microsoft Active Directory, and VMware ESX. Those familiar with System Administration also tend to know Windows 2003 Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Desktop Engineer

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


Desktop Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $66K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Desktop Engineers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Desktop Engineers, working in the bustling city of Tampa has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Desktop Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+28 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Columbus (+8 percent), and Washington (+2 percent). Desktop Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Desktop Engineers in Nashville bring in salaries that are 29 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (6 percent less) and Boston (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Desktop Engineer Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Desktop Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
up arrow 34%

Windows 7
up arrow 18%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 16%

SCCM
up arrow 14%

Windows Support
up arrow 6%

Windows Server 2008 R2
up arrow 5%

System Administration
up arrow 4%

Windows 2003 Server
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National Average
$60,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

VMware ESX
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 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
33%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 12%
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