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. In the world of Field Application Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $25K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $51K and $140K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,947 - $123,528
MEDIAN: $78,885

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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.
$50,947 - $123,528  
$100.00 - $25,241  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $14,786  
$6,750 - $45,000  
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).
$51,373 - $140,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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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. Most notably, facility with Customer Relations, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, and Software Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 54 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Application Engineer

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $71K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $92K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $102K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $122K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Field Application Engineers, 43 percent above the national average. Field Application Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+40 percent), Santa Clara (+27 percent), Atlanta (+22 percent), and Portland (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Boston (6 percent less) and Los Angeles (4 percent less).

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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
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
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Software Development
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Board Design / Debug
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Test Engineering

National Average

Customer Service
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.


10 %
90 %

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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 7%