Field Service Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Field Service Engineers earn an average of $62K annually. In the world of Field Service Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $42K and $86K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $9K and $6K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Field Service Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,355 - $82,764
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$43K
$62K
$83K
MEDIAN: $62,483
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$17.59 - $36.45
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$18
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$43,355 - $82,764  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,877  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $6,082  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,574  
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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$42,237 - $86,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,351
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.59 - $36.45  
   
Overtime
$24.69 - $55.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,877  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,574  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $6,082  
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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$42,237 - $86,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 636
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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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Field Service Engineers who become Senior Field Engineers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $76K per year. More often than not, a Medical Equipment Field Service Engineer role is the next step for Field Service Engineers moving up in the field. Pay for Medical Equipment Field Service Engineers is usually $62K. Many Field Service Engineers choose to take on a Semiconductor Field Service Engineer role instead, where salaries are typically $65K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Service Engineer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Field Service Engineers include General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Philips Medical Systems, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Siemens, and General Electric Co (GE). Lam Research Incorporated offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $83K. Field Service Engineers will also find cushy salaries at General Electric Co (GE) (+$78K), Danaher Corporation (+$77K), and Carl Zeiss (+$77K).

Employees at Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., and Philips Medical Systems can also expect below-average earnings of $65K.

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, Electronic Equipment Installation, Customer Relationship Management, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Hardware Technician, Computer Service, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in Technical Services, System Repair, and Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Service Engineer

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For Field Service Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $57K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $65K. On average, Field Service Engineers make $69K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Field Service Engineers that is 14 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Field Service Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), San Jose (+10 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati and Atlanta (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Field Service Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Field Service Engineer Salaries


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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$64,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 375 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
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 9%
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