Field Engineer Salary (United States)

More than half of Field Engineers report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $61,255 per year on average. Pay ranges from $43,917 on the low end to $88,698 per year on the higher side. Overall cash earnings for Field Engineers stretch from $45,214 on the lower end to $84,079 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $10,275 from bonuses and $10,067 from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Most Field Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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While not commonly found, Field Engineers who move on to become Petroleum Engineers bring in an additional $41K annually. Construction Project Managers or Senior Field Engineers are common next-step roles for Field Engineers moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $8,584 or $13,964, respectively.

Field Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Engineer

Field Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Halliburton Energy Services, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes Inc, and General Electric (GE) Energy. General Electric (GE) Energy pays the most with a median salary of $73,946, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $60K to a high of $109K for base pay. Baker Hughes Inc, Schlumberger, and Halliburton Energy Services also offer top salaries for Field Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $71,482, $70,410, and $62,612, respectively.
Pay for Field Engineers is the lowest at Hensel Phelps Construction Company, which has a median salary of $52,747. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $77K. Workers at Turner Construction Company and PCL Construction, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field—average earnings for these employers come to $55,468 and $61,235, respectively.

Popular Skills for Field Engineer

Field Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Those educated in Construction Estimating tend to be well-versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Field Engineers can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Starting out, salaries fall in the $59K range but grow to $65K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $68K. Though minimal, Field Engineers continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $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. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$61,000
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For Field Engineers, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Oklahoma City, Houston, New York, and Salt Lake City, top-paying markets where Field Engineers rake in more than the national norm (+17 percent, +14 percent, +13 percent, and +9 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. 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%
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