Field Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Field Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $61K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Field Engineers can bottom out at $44K or peak near $90K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Most Field Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$45,756 - $85,323
(Median)
$46K
$61K
$85K
MEDIAN: $60,670
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90%

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$15.97 - $37.89
(Median)
$16
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Field Engineers sometimes become Petroleum Engineers, where the average income is $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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Field Engineers include Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Turner Construction Company, Schlumberger, Halliburton Energy Services, and Baker Hughes Inc. General Electric Co (GE) offers the largest salaries in town ($86K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches 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.

With a median salary of $53K, Hensel Phelps Construction Company provides Field Engineers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $83K, limiting employee salary growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Zachry Construction Corporation ($56K), Lockheed Martin Corp ($57K), and Turner Construction Company ($59K).

Popular Skills for Field Engineer


Field Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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.


Field Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $59K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $67K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $71K in this role. Field Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,825

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

California cities San Jose, San Diego, and San Francisco are lucrative areas for Field Engineers, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. 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.

Field Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Field Engineer?

Field Engineer in Salt Lake City:
"Constant Change."
Pros: Giving me the experience to grow with the company and helping it change for the better.
Cons: Ownership micro manages too much.

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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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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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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