Men represent the vast majority of Field Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $62K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation for Field Engineers runs from $43K to $89K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Field Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,071 - $83,426
$46K
$62K
$83K
MEDIAN: $61,806
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$15.58 - $41.23
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MEDIAN: $25.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,071 - $83,426  
   
Bonus
$257.60 - $10,147  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $9,635  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$43,462 - $89,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,358
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.58 - $41.23  
   
Overtime
$24.22 - $58.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$257.60 - $10,147  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $9,635  
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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$43,462 - $89,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 372

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Job Description for Field Engineer

A field engineer's responsibilities are highly specialized to the profession. They must have a comprehensive understanding of technological services and the specific machines and mechanisms of the company, as much of the position requires installing, replacing, or providing maintenance on these machines. A field engineer has a mobile job, meaning that the individual will travel often to different locations to identify weak areas in the mechanisms used across the company, report these to an administrative official, and repair or replace parts needed as necessary. In addition, a master field engineer must be able to work with other engineers in order to design modifications, changes, or additions to current machines and mechanisms so that maximum efficiency, safety, and durability can be achieved. Field engineers may also verify prototypes of products, develop test programs and procedures for the technology that they work on, and examine products for design flaws.

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Field Engineer Tasks

  • Provide technical support for projects including design, installation, maintenance, testing, evaluation and operation of systems.
  • Analyze system requirements, capacity, cost, and customer needs to determine project recommendations.
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, products, and systems to ensure accordance to specifications, safety standards, and quality standards.
  • Design, implement, maintain and improve instruments, electronic components, equipment or systems.
  • Offer technical, operational, and administrative information, and resolution of technical issues to customers and staff.

Common Career Paths for Field Engineer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Field Engineers sometimes become Petroleum Engineers, where the average income is $103K per year. Career advancement for the typical Field Engineer often leads to becoming a Construction Project Manager or a Project Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Engineer


Dominating the field, Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Turner Construction Company, Schlumberger, General Electric (GE) Energy, and General Electric Co (GE) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Field Engineers. Northrop Grumman Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $92K. Baker Hughes Inc, General Electric Co (GE), and General Electric (GE) Energy are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Field Engineers earning around $87K, $79K, or $78K at each firm, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Lockheed Martin Corp ($59K), Turner Construction Company ($62K), and PCL Construction, Inc. ($63K).

Popular Skills for Field Engineer


Field Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Engineering Design, Test Engineering, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Hardware Technician and AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Construction Estimating and Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Engineer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $60K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $68K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Field Engineers make a median salary of $72K. Field Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,511

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

With a pay rate for Field Engineers that is 21 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Field Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Pittsburgh (+10 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (7 percent less) and Philadelphia (4 percent less).

Field Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Field Engineer?

Field Engineer in Salt Lake City:
"Constant Change."
Pros: Giving me the experience to grow with the company and helping it change for the better.
Cons: Ownership micro manages too much.

Field Engineer in Flint:
"Small company Field Engineer."
Pros: Providing a service and product to Armed Forces Veterans so they can keep their independence and mobility.
Cons: The uncertainty of available work and lack of company resources.

Field Engineer in Atlanta:
"Doing construction layout, and project management."
Pros: Getting to work in the field and see your project grow.
Cons: The hours are extreme and so is the stress.

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Key Stats for Field Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 211 votes.
048
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Field Engineer Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 211 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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