Field Application Engineer Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (just under one in three) of final income for Field Application Engineers. That final number averages out to $86K across the industry. In the world of Field Application Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $52K and $140K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $25K and $14K, respectively. Career length and the particular city 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. For the most part, Field Application Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,338 - $123,678
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$51K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,550
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$12.08 - $33.28
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,338 - $123,678  
   
Bonus
$973 - $25,201  
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $14,040  
Commission
$7,550 - $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).
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$52,079 - $140,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $33.28  
   
Overtime
$48.03  
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
$973 - $25,201  
   
Commission
$7,550 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $14,040  
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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$52,079 - $140,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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.

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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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Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 and Customer Service, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Application Engineer

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


For many Field Application Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $72K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $92K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $107K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $123K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,635

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

Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Field Application Engineers, 45 percent higher than the national average. Field Application Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+40 percent), San Jose (+40 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), and Austin (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (5 percent lower) and Boston (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Field Application Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%


Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$86,000


Skills That Affect Field Application Engineer Salaries

Customer Relations
up arrow 53%

Telecommunications
up arrow 35%

C
up arrow 29%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 21%

Software Development
up arrow 19%

Test Engineering
up arrow 8%



Board Design / Debug
up arrow 2%

National Average
$86,000

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Project Management
up arrow 47%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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