Field Service Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Field Service Engineers earn an average of $62K annually. Cash earnings for Field Service Engineers — including $9K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $42K to $87K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Field Service Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,283 - $82,929
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$43K
$62K
$83K
MEDIAN: $62,413
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$17.60 - $36.52
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$26
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$43,283 - $82,929  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,032  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $6,851  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,727  
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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$42,202 - $86,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,347
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.60 - $36.52  
   
Overtime
$24.73 - $55.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,032  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $6,851  
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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$42,202 - $86,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 627
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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 may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Senior Field Engineer, which pays $76K on average annually. The most common career progression for Field Service Engineers leads to becoming a Medical Equipment Field Service Engineer, where pay is typically $62K. However, many Field Service Engineers also opt to become Field Service Engineer, Semiconductors, a position that pays $65K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Service Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Field Service Engineers, General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Philips Medical Systems, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Siemens, and General Electric Co (GE) are leading firms in the industry. Field Service Engineers flock to Lam Research Incorporated for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $83K lead the pack in compensation. Other leaders in compensation levels are General Electric Co (GE) at $78K, Danaher Corporation at $77K, and Carl Zeiss, where Field Service Engineers annually earn $77K.

Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., and Philips Medical Systems also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $65K for all three.

Popular Skills for Field Service Engineer


Survey results imply that Field Service Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Electronic Equipment Installation, and Equipment Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Hardware Technician, Computer Service, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. The majority of those who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know 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.


For Field Service Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $57K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. Field Service Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. 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


For Field Service Engineers, Boston provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Field Service Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), San Jose (+10 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Employers in Hillsboro and Cincinnati also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 8 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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Equipment Maintenance
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$64,000

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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
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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