An average Field Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $61K per year. Total cash compensation to Field Engineers varies from $44K to $89K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The majority of Field Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,832 - $83,171
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$46K
$61K
$83K
MEDIAN: $61,452
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$15.59 - $41.97
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$16
$25
$42
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,832 - $83,171  
   
Bonus
$481.77 - $10,142  
Profit Sharing
$0.38 - $9,882  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$43,512 - $88,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,381
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.59 - $41.97  
   
Overtime
$24.38 - $61.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$481.77 - $10,142  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.38 - $9,882  
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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$43,512 - $88,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 349
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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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There are some Field Engineers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Petroleum Engineers, where earnings are an average $103K annually. 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 $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Engineer


Field Engineers flock to Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Turner Construction Company, Schlumberger, General Electric Co (GE), and General Electric (GE) Energy, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Baker Hughes Inc offers the most; Field Engineers earn $94K on average there. Other big spenders include General Electric (GE) Energy, Stacy and Witbeck, and General Electric (GE) Healthcare, top-paying firms where Field Engineers see paychecks nearing $78K, $77K, or $75K.

Lockheed Martin Corp, Turner Construction Company and PCL Construction, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $59K, $61K, and $63K.

Popular Skills for Field Engineer


Survey takers working as Field Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Engineering Design, Test Engineering, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Hardware Technician and AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Construction Estimating and Troubleshooting.

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 beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $68K. Field Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $72K. Field Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,378

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

Home to some of the best pay for Field Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Field Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+17 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Pittsburgh (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Workers in Denver and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, 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




Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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autodesk autocad
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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Microsoft Excel
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Scheduling
0%

National Average
$62,000

Microsoft Office
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Construction Site Inspection
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AutoCAD
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Computer Hardware Technician
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 203 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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