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Field Engineer Salary

Field Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $60K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $44K and hits $89K on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,582 - $84,305
(Median)
$46K
$60K
$84K
MEDIAN: $60,078
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90%

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$15.71 - $36.24
(Median)
$16
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,582 - $84,305  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,402  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $10,197  
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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$43,785 - $89,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,495
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.71 - $36.24  
   
Overtime
$21.89 - $54.82  
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 - $10,402  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $10,197  
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).
)
$43,785 - $89,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 310

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Field Engineers move into roles as Petroleum Engineers, where pay is an average $103K per year. Typical career progression for a Field Engineer involves becoming a Construction Project Manager or a Project Engineer, roles that pay $9K more and $6K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Engineer


Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Schlumberger, Turner Construction Company, Halliburton Energy Services, and Baker Hughes Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Field Engineers. General Electric Co (GE) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $93K. Field Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Northrop Grumman Corporation (+$83K), General Electric (GE) Energy (+$75K), and Baker Hughes Inc (+$71K).

Hensel Phelps Construction Company reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $53K, 75 percent less than the top paying company. Workers at Lockheed Martin Corp, Zachry Construction Corporation, and Turner Construction Company also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $55K, $56K, and $57K respectively.

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, Test Engineering, Systems Troubleshooting, and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Equipment Installation, Microsoft Office, and AutoCAD. Those proficient in Construction Estimating are, more often than not, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $59K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $65K. Field Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Field Engineers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Field Engineers, 21 percent above the national average. Field Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+16 percent), New York (+13 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Philadelphia is the market with the smallest paychecks. Orlando and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

Field Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Field Engineer?

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


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

Construction Site Inspection
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Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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Computer Hardware Technician
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AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 326 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%