Field Engineer Salary

The nationwide average salary for Field Engineers is $60K per year, but those working at General Electric Co (GE) can pull down an average $92K. Also paying near the top of the field are General Electric (GE) Healthcare at $91K, Northrop Grumman Corporation at $84K, and General Electric (GE) Energy, where Field Engineers annually earn $75K. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$45,549 - $85,325
(Median)
$46K
$60K
$85K
MEDIAN: $60,286
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90%

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$15.94 - $36.77
(Median)
$16
$24
$37
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,549 - $85,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,334  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $10,284  
Commission
$900 - $11,500  
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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$43,557 - $89,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.94 - $36.77  
   
Overtime
$22.59 - $55.24  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,334  
   
Commission
$900 - $11,500  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $10,284  
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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$43,557 - $89,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 352
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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

  • 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.
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, products, and systems to ensure accordance to specifications, safety standards, and quality standards.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Field Engineer


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While Field Engineers do not often become Petroleum Engineers, the job pays $102K per year on average. A common career progression for a Field Engineer is to become a Construction Project Manager or a Project Engineer. Compared to Field Engineers, the first group earns $9K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Skills for Field Engineer


Survey results imply that Field Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Systems Troubleshooting, Test Engineering, and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Construction Site Inspection, Microsoft Office, and AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Construction Estimating indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Engineer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Field Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $59K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $66K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $70K in this role. Field Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Field Engineers in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Field Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Houston (+13 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Dallas (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Field Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Field Engineer?

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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Experience Affects Field Engineer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Field Engineer Salaries


Systems Troubleshooting
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Test Engineering
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Network Management / Administration
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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$61,000

Project Management
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Scheduling
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Construction Estimating
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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Computer Hardware Technician
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 324 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%
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