Men account for the majority of Desktop Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $60K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$40,950 - $92,321
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$92K
MEDIAN: $60,221
10%
50%
90%

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$15.68 - $32.14
(Median)
$16
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,950 - $92,321  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,229  
Profit Sharing
$375.00  
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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$39,253 - $90,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.68 - $32.14  
   
Overtime
$26.93 - $60.21  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,229  
   
Profit Sharing
$375.00  
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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$39,253 - $90,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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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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Desktop Engineers may enjoy increased earnings if they become Systems Engineers. This seems to be a popular career move, and Systems Engineer earn a slightly higher median of $64K annually.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Engineer


Desktop Engineers seem to wield many 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, 20 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Cisco Networking, and Windows Support. Most people familiar with 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.


For many Desktop Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $59K. Desktop Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $63K. Desktop Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,265

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, 37 percent above the national average. Desktop Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+18 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Desktop Engineer's salary, with Nashville Desktop Engineers earning salaries that are 32 percent less than the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Troy also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Desktop Engineer Salaries




National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Desktop Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
up arrow 30%

Windows 7
up arrow 20%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 17%


SCCM
up arrow 7%


Windows Server 2012 R2
up arrow 4%

System Administration
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National Average
$58,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
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Cisco Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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