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Field Service Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Field Service Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $61K annually. Total cash compensation for Field Service Engineers runs from $41K to $86K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Most Field Service Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,772 - $81,951
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$42K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $61,278
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$17.50 - $36.22
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$17
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$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,772 - $81,951  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,519  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $6,183  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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$41,377 - $85,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,177
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.50 - $36.22  
   
Overtime
$24.98 - $54.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,519  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $6,183  
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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$41,377 - $85,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 536
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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 transition into an upper level Senior Field Engineer position may earn higher paychecks. The median income for that position is $75K 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


Dominating the field, General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Philips Medical Systems, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., General Electric Co (GE), and Agilent Technologies are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Field Service Engineers. Carl Zeiss leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $77K. General Electric Co (GE), General Electric (GE) Healthcare, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Field Service Engineers earning around $71K, $70K, or $66K at each firm, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Philips Medical Systems at $63K, and Agilent Technologies where $65K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Field Service Engineers there earn up to $100K.

Popular Skills for Field Service Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Robotics, Project Management, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 7 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Hardware Technician, Computer Service, and System Repair. Most people familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also know Technical Services, Troubleshooting, and System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Field Service Engineer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Field Service Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $56K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. Field Service Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. 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 $71K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Field Service Engineers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Field Service Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+15 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Denver (+6 percent), and San Diego (+5 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Workers in Atlanta and Cincinnati earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Field Service Engineer Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Field Service Engineer Salaries

Robotics
up arrow 21%


Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 3%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 1%

Technical Services
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$63,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
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Equipment Maintenance
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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System Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 376 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%