Field Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Field Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $61K per year. Overall cash earnings of Field Engineers stretch from $44K near the bottom to $90K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Field Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,756 - $85,323
(Median)
$46K
$61K
$85K
MEDIAN: $60,670
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$15.97 - $37.89
(Median)
$16
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,756 - $85,323  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,458  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $10,154  
Commission
$1,526  
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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$43,559 - $89,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,864
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.97 - $37.89  
   
Overtime
$23.25 - $55.67  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,458  
   
Commission
$1,526  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $10,154  
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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$43,559 - $89,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 425
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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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Field Engineers do not often transition into Petroleum Engineer roles. The role averages $103K per year. It is quite typical for Field Engineers to transition into roles as Construction Project Managers or Project Engineers, where reported median earnings are $8K and $5K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Field Engineers, Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Turner Construction Company, Schlumberger, Halliburton Energy Services, and Baker Hughes Inc are leading firms in the industry. Although General Electric Co (GE) heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $86K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $59K to $142K. Other big spenders include Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Electric (GE) Healthcare, and General Electric (GE) Energy, top-paying firms where Field Engineers see paychecks nearing $84K, $83K, or $78K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $50K to just $83K — but Hensel Phelps Construction Company offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $53K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Zachry Construction Corporation ($56K), Lockheed Martin Corp ($57K), and Turner Construction Company ($59K).

Popular Skills for Field Engineer


Survey takers working as Field Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Systems Troubleshooting, Test Engineering, and Electronic Equipment Installation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Computer Hardware Technician. It is often found that people who know Construction Estimating are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Engineer

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


For Field Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $59K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $67K. Field Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $71K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,825

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

Field Engineers can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Jose, San Diego, and San Francisco represent the three top-paying cities for Field Engineers in the United States. The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Austin and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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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
$62,000


Skills That Affect Field Engineer Salaries




Scheduling
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Network Management / Administration
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National Average
$62,000

Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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AutoCAD
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Construction Site Inspection
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Microsoft Excel
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Computer Hardware Technician
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 327 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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