Field Engineer Salary (United States)

With 59 percent of Field Engineers reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $61,255 annually. Pay starts at $43,917 and can approach $88,698 per year on the higher side. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, residency is the most influential factor. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Field Engineer Salary (?
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$45,214 - $84,079
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MEDIAN: $59,865
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Field Engineer Salary (?
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$16.24 - $35.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,214 - $84,079  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,275  
Profit Sharing
$508 - $10,067  
Commission
$900 - $27,400  
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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$43,917 - $88,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$16.24 - $35.37  
   
Overtime
$21.36 - $54.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,275  
   
Commission
$900 - $27,400  
Profit Sharing
$508 - $10,067  
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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$43,917 - $88,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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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, bringing in an extra $41K per year. Career advancement for Field Engineers often leads to becoming Construction Project Managers or Senior Field Engineers, where they can earn $8,584 or $13,964 more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Engineer

Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Halliburton Energy Services, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes Inc, and General Electric (GE) Energy are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Field Engineers. Though heading up the field in terms of compensation—General Electric (GE) Energy offers the highest median salary at $73,946—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $60K and reaching $109K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Baker Hughes Inc, Schlumberger, and Halliburton Energy Services, where Field Engineers typically earn around $71,482, $70,410, or $62,612, respectively.
Salaries are easily beat at Hensel Phelps Construction Company, where median pay comes to just $52,747, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $50K and ending at $77K, range in salary is rather small. Turner Construction Company and PCL Construction, Inc. are other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $55,468 and $61,235.

Popular Skills for Field Engineer

Field Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Telecommunications, Cisco Networking, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 9 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Land Surveying, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Construction Estimating also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $59K to $65K. Earnings total $68K after one to two decades. After a couple decades on the job, Field Engineers see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 13 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 15 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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Field Engineers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Field Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+17 percent), Houston (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Salt Lake City (+9 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Dallas and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -11 percent and -6 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Field Engineer Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Skills That Affect Field Engineer Salaries

Telecommunications
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Cisco Networking
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Engineering Design
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Network Management / Administration
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Test Engineering
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National Average
$61,000
Project Management
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Computer Hardware Technician
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Construction Estimating
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Microsoft Excel
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Land Surveying
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%