Field Application Engineer Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Field Application Engineers. The median take-home amount in this area is around $86K, and on average, just under a third of that final number comes from commissions. Total cash compensation for Field Application Engineers runs from $51K to $140K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $25K and profit sharing that can reach almost $14K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,422 - $122,860
MEDIAN: $79,232

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National Salary 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.
$50,422 - $122,860  
$596 - $25,204  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $14,094  
$7,397 - $49,493  
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).
$51,006 - $139,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 356
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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 report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Customer Relations, Telecommunications, and C are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 35 percent, and 29 percent, respectively. Project Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for

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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $71K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $91K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $103K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $120K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Field Application Engineers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Field Application Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+39 percent), Santa Clara (+26 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), and Austin (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Boston (13 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Customer Relations
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
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Software Development
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Test Engineering
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Sales Engineering
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Engineering Design
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Customer Service
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Board Design / Debug
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National Average

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.


8 %
92 %

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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 6%