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Desktop Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Desktop Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $62K per year nationwide. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. The majority of Desktop Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,219 - $88,479
(Median)
$42K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,949
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$14.46 - $35.17
(Median)
$14
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,219 - $88,479  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,877  
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $14,740  
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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$37,327 - $89,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.46 - $35.17  
   
Overtime
$20.27 - $51.38  
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 - $8,877  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $14,740  
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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$37,327 - $89,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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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 29 percent, 16 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Hardware Technician and Microsoft Active Directory. The majority of those who know System Administration also 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $63K. Desktop Engineers bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


Tampa offers some of the highest pay in the country for Desktop Engineers, 33 percent above the national average. Desktop Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Columbus (+7 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). Compared to the national average, Nashville Desktop Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Boston (10 percent lower) and Dallas (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Desktop Engineer Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Desktop Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
up arrow 29%

Windows 7
up arrow 16%

SCCM
up arrow 15%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 15%

Windows Support
up arrow 5%

System Administration
up arrow 4%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 2%

Windows Server 2008 R2
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$60,000


Computer Hardware Technician
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 11%