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Field Engineer Salary

The national average salary for Field Engineers is $60K per year; General Electric (GE) Healthcare pays the most in this field, though, offering a median salary of $97K. Field Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at General Electric Co (GE) ($95K), Northrop Grumman Corporation ($83K), and General Electric (GE) Energy ($75K). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,669 - $84,916
(Median)
$46K
$60K
$85K
MEDIAN: $60,258
10%
50%
90%

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$15.67 - $35.96
(Median)
$16
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$45,669 - $84,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,980  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $10,368  
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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$43,430 - $89,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,545
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.67 - $35.96  
   
Overtime
$22.12 - $54.67  
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 - $10,980  
   
Commission
$900 - $11,500  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $10,368  
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).
)
$43,430 - $89,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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 some Field Engineers move into positions like Petroleum Engineer (where the average salary is $102K), this progression is not the norm. 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


Field Engineers seem to wield many 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 Microsoft Office, Computer Hardware Technician, and Microsoft Excel. 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.


Field Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $59K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $66K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Field Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. As Field Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Field Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Field Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Houston (+12 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Miami and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less).

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


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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Construction Estimating
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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Construction Site Inspection
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Computer Hardware Technician
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 328 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

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: 9%
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