Field Application Engineer Salary

The median total income of Field Application Engineers is around $85K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (roughly a third, in fact) comes from commissions. In the world of Field Application Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $50K and $138K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $25K and $15K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Field Application Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,894 - $121,764

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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.
$49,894 - $121,764  
$242.40 - $24,613  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $14,925  
$7,757 - $49,833  
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).
$50,365 - $137,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 310
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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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Survey results suggest that Field Application Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 55 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing Project Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Application Engineer

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Field Application Engineers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $71K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $91K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $101K on average. Field Application Engineers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $119K.

Pay Difference by Location

Field Application Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 43 percent. Field Application Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+40 percent), Santa Clara (+28 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), and Austin (+16 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Boston and Los Angeles (4 percent lower).

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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
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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 44 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: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 7%