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Field Engineer Salary (United States)

Field Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $60K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $44K and hits $89K on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. A solid majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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  
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  
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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Though not the most common occurrence, Field Engineers sometimes become Petroleum Engineers, where the average income is $102K per year. Field Engineers most often move into positions as Construction Project Managers or Senior Field Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $14K higher, respectively.

Field Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Engineer

Many Field Engineers can be found at Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Halliburton Energy Services, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes Inc, and General Electric (GE) Energy, firms that are at the top of the field. General Electric (GE) Energy pays the most with a median salary of $74K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $60K to a high of $109K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Baker Hughes Inc at $71K, Schlumberger at $70K, and Halliburton Energy Services, where Field Engineers annually earn $63K.
Salaries are easily beat at Hensel Phelps Construction Company, where median pay comes to just $53K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $50K and ending at $74K, range in salary is rather small. Turner Construction Company, PCL Construction, Inc., and Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $55K, $61K, and $62K-paychecks on average.

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 seem to negatively impact pay include Land Surveying, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office. Most people 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 Field Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $59K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $65K. Field Engineers see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $74K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-eighth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise close to one-seventh, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$61,000
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For Field Engineers, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Oklahoma City, Houston, New York, and Salt Lake City also offer top salaries for Field Engineers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 17 percent, 14 percent, 13 percent, and 9 percent more, respectively. Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Dallas and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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%