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Field Engineer Salary

General Electric Co (GE) is a desirable employer for Field Engineers where the median salary comes in around $97K, beating the field's national median of $60K annually. Field Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at General Electric (GE) Energy ($74K), Baker Hughes Inc ($71K), and Schlumberger ($71K). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$45,277 - $83,579
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$45K
$60K
$84K
MEDIAN: $59,952
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$15.96 - $36.40
(Median)
$16
$25
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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Salary
$45,277 - $83,579  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,336  
Profit Sharing
$482.88 - $10,040  
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$43,822 - $88,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,326
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$15.96 - $36.40  
   
Overtime
$21.85 - $55.65  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,336  
   
Profit Sharing
$482.88 - $10,040  
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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$43,822 - $88,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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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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Field Engineers sometimes assume positions such as Petroleum Engineers. That role pays $103K per year on average. A common career progression for a Field Engineer is to become a Construction Project Manager or a Senior Field Engineer. Compared to Field Engineers, the first group earns $9K more on average, and the second group earns $14K more.

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Popular Skills for Field Engineer


Survey takers working as Field Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Engineering Design, Network Management / Administration, and Test Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Construction Site Inspection, Microsoft Office, and AutoCAD. The majority of those 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.


For many Field Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $59K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Field Engineers make a median salary of $69K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Field Engineers, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Field Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oklahoma City (+18 percent), New York (+12 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+11 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (9 percent lower) and Dallas (8 percent lower).

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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Field Engineer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Field Engineer Salaries

Telecommunications
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Network Management / Administration
up arrow 4%

Test Engineering
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Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Systems Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Computer Hardware Technician
up arrow 3%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 4%

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Land Surveying
up arrow 5%


Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 320 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%