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 $92K. Other big spenders include General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and General Electric (GE) Energy, top-paying firms where Field Engineers see paychecks nearing $91K, $84K, or $75K. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$45,618 - $85,280

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$15.96 - $36.50

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National Salary 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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,618 - $85,280  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,106  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,258  
Commission
$900 - $11,500  
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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$43,626 - $89,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,604
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.96 - $36.50  
   
Overtime
$22.57 - $55.02  
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 - $11,106  
   
Commission
$900 - $11,500  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,258  
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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$43,626 - $89,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354
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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 seen, Field Engineers who transition into a Petroleum Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Petroleum Engineers is $102K per year. Field Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Construction Project Managers or Project Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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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 Engineering Design, Systems Troubleshooting, Test Engineering, and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Construction Site Inspection, 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. 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


Field Engineers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Field Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Houston (+13 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (9 percent lower) and Philadelphia (8 percent lower).

Field Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Field Engineer?

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
$61,000


Skills That Affect Field Engineer Salaries


Systems Troubleshooting
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Test Engineering
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Network Management / Administration
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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

Scheduling
0%

Electronic Equipment Installation
0%

National Average
$61,000

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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Construction Site Inspection
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 319 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
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%
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