Desktop Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Desktop Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $61K per year nationwide. Geographic location and tenure 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. Most Desktop Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$41,363 - $90,433
(Median)
$41K
$61K
$90K
MEDIAN: $60,986
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90%

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$14.82 - $34.59
(Median)
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,363 - $90,433  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,056  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$38,870 - $91,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $34.59  
   
Overtime
$20.83 - $51.33  
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 - $10,056  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$38,870 - $91,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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 require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Systems Engineering, Windows 7, and SCCM are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Cisco Networking and Computer Hardware Technician also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in System Administration are, more often than not, 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $65K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $73K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,475

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

For Desktop Engineers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Desktop Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+16 percent), Tampa (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Columbus (+9 percent). Desktop Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Desktop Engineers in Nashville bring in salaries that are 33 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Dallas and 1 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Desktop Engineer Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Desktop Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
up arrow 30%

Windows 7
up arrow 18%

SCCM
up arrow 15%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 15%

Windows PowerShell
up arrow 10%


Windows Support
up arrow 7%

System Administration
up arrow 3%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 3%

National Average
$59,000

VMware ESX
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%



Cisco Networking
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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