Field Service Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Field Service Engineers earn an average of $63K per year. Cash earnings of Field Service Engineers — including $9K in bonuses, $7K in profit sharing proceeds, and $15K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $44K to approximately $89K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Field Service Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,340 - $85,189
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$44K
$63K
$85K
MEDIAN: $63,148
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$18.00 - $36.83
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,340 - $85,189  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,909  
Profit Sharing
$490.25 - $6,877  
Commission
$450.00 - $15,000  
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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$43,611 - $89,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,651
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.00 - $36.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.83  
Overtime
$25.94 - $57.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,909  
   
Commission
$450.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$490.25 - $6,877  
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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$43,611 - $89,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 757
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Job Description for Field Service Engineer

  • Study technical manuals and attend training sessions provided by equipment manufacturers to maintain current knowledge.
  • Perform preventive maintenance or service such as cleaning, lubricating and adjusting equipment.
  • Keep records of maintenance, repair, and required updates of equipment.
  • Inspect, test, and repair equipment following manufacturers' specifications, using test and analysis instruments.

Common Career Paths for Field Service Engineer


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For Field Service Engineers who go on to become Senior Field Engineers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Senior Field Engineer earns $76K annually. It is not uncommon for a Field Service Engineer to continue on to become a Medical Equipment Field Service Engineer or a Semiconductor Field Service Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Service Engineer


General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Philips Medical Systems, Siemens, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., and General Electric Co (GE) are top-notch employers for Field Service Engineers in this area. Field Service Engineers flock to Lam Research Incorporated for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $85K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at General Electric Co (GE), Siemens, and Carl Zeiss, where earnings of $80K, $79K, or $73K are standard for Field Service Engineers.

Philips Medical Systems, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. and Beckman Coulter Inc are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $65K, $65K, and $66K.

Popular Skills for Field Service Engineer


Field Service Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Equipment Maintenance, Electronic Equipment Installation, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Hardware Technician and Computer Service. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in Technical Services, System Repair, and Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Service Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Field Service Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $58K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $65K. Field Service Engineers bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. Field Service 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 $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,667

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For Field Service Engineers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Field Service Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+14 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati and Phoenix (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Field Service Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Field Service Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Equipment Maintenance
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Systems Troubleshooting
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National Average
$65,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Technical Services
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System Repair
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Customer Service
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Troubleshooting
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 410 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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