Field Application Engineer Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (roughly a third) of final income for Field Application Engineers. That final number averages out to $85K across the industry. With some bonuses approaching $25K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Field Application Engineers spread between $50K and $140K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,750 - $123,166
MEDIAN: $78,505

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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.
$49,750 - $123,166  
$101.37 - $25,275  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $14,786  
$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 - $139,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 300
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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 diverse set of skills on the job. 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, 22 percent, and 19 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.

Field Application Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $70K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $93K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $102K. Field Application Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $122K.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Field Application Engineers that is 44 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas. Workers in Boston and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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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: 73% employee benefits None: 7%