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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 (slightly less than a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Cash earnings for Field Application Engineers — which occasionally include more than $25K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $51K to approximately $142K. 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Field Application Engineers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$50,812 - $124,872
MEDIAN: $79,398

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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.
$50,812 - $124,872  
$98.63 - $24,935  
Profit Sharing
$1,168 - $19,574  
$5,333 - $41,562  
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).
$50,959 - $141,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269

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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 show that Field Application Engineers use a fair number of 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 pay less than market rate include Project Management, Test Engineering, and Customer Service.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $71K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $91K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $101K. 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 $122K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Field Application Engineers, working in the bustling city of Santa Clara has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Field Application Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+44 percent), Chicago (+29 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), and Portland (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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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Engineering Design
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Board Design / Debug
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National Average

Customer Service
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Test Engineering
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%