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Field Application Engineer Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Field Application Engineers comes from commissions — just under one in three on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $85K. Total cash compensation to Field Application Engineers bottoms out near $51K and approaches $141K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $25K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,211 - $124,597
MEDIAN: $79,756

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National Salary 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.
$51,211 - $124,597  
$51.52 - $25,032  
Profit Sharing
$1,164 - $19,727  
$4,122 - $48,936  
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).
$50,750 - $141,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254

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Job Description for Field Application Engineer

A field application engineer combines technical expertise with knowledge of sales techniques to improve sales and set new organizational objectives. Day-to-day tasks performed by these engineers include maintaining relationships with consultants, sub-contractors, inspectors, and potential clients on a regular basis. They also have to be capable of pitching their company, helping to grow sales and spread awareness. Internally, the field application engineer needs to audit and review protocols and procedures to ensure they are optimal for promoting growth in sales.


Field Application Engineer Tasks

  • Document emerging customer needs and potential products.
  • Troubleshoot, resolve, and update documentation and records to resolve problems.
  • Listen to, analyze, and respond to customer service requests.
  • Train customers on products during and after purchase.

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Field Application Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Lucky workers who know Customer Relations can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 54 percent above average. Software Development and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 19 percent and 54 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management, Test Engineering, and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Application Engineer

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

Field Application Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $70K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $91K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $101K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $123K.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Field Application Engineers, Santa Clara offers exceptional salaries, 56 percent above the national average. Field Application Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+43 percent), Chicago (+36 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), and Austin (+14 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Field Application Engineer Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Field Application Engineer Salaries

Customer Relations
up arrow 54%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 19%

Software Development
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Engineering Design
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Board Design / Debug
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National Average

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Test Engineering
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.


7 %
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%