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Field Engineer Salary

Though nationally Field Engineers make an average $60K annually, those in this field can find the most generous pay at General Electric Co (GE), where the average salary is around $95K. Field Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Northrop Grumman Corporation ($83K), General Electric (GE) Energy ($75K), and Baker Hughes Inc ($71K). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,651 - $84,963
(Median)
$46K
$60K
$85K
MEDIAN: $60,245
10%
50%
90%

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$15.60 - $35.78
(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
$45,651 - $84,963  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,310  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $10,390  
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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$43,542 - $89,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,521
National Hourly Rate 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$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.60 - $35.78  
   
Overtime
$22.02 - $54.79  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,310  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $10,390  
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).
)
$43,542 - $89,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 327

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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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It's not very common for Field Engineers to move on to become Petroleum Engineers. Average pay for a Petroleum Engineer is $102K annually. It is quite typical for Field Engineers to transition into roles as Construction Project Managers or Project Engineers, where reported median earnings are $9K and $6K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Field Engineer


Field Engineers report using a large range of 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Construction Estimating are similarly competent 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $59K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $66K. Field Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $76K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Field Engineers in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Field Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oklahoma City (+18 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 8 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


Systems Troubleshooting
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Test Engineering
up arrow 3%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 2%

Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$61,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 2%

Construction Site Inspection
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Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Computer Hardware Technician
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 327 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: 8%
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