Male Field Service Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $64K per year in the United States. Cash earnings for Field Service Engineers — which occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $46K to approximately $91K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, 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 like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,406 - $87,157
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$46K
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MEDIAN: $64,410
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$19.16 - $37.39
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,406 - $87,157  
   
Bonus
$487.78 - $9,018  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,075  
Commission
$600 - $10,000  
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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$45,860 - $90,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.16 - $37.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.81  
Overtime
$27.99 - $57.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$487.78 - $9,018  
   
Commission
$600 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,075  
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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$45,860 - $90,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 553
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Job Description for Field Service Engineer

Field service engineers work with their hands to fix what is broken, primarily in electronic installation and scheduling maintenance and malfunctions, and most days are spent traveling from one work-site to another to resolve the electrical problems or situations that arise. They work with several types of tools and machinery in these situations, both indoors and outdoors, and most work alone or in small teams with two to three others depending on the employer.

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Field Service Engineer Tasks

  • 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. It is not unusual for a Field Service Engineer 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


Many Field Service Engineers can be found at General Electric Co (GE), General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Beckman Coulter Inc, Siemens, and Agilent Technologies, firms that are at the top of the field. Field Service Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Agilent Technologies, where the median salary comes to $86K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($49K) and those starting out ($104K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Other big spenders include Lam Research Incorporated, General Electric Co (GE), and Trumpf, Inc., top-paying firms where Field Service Engineers see paychecks nearing $85K, $82K, or $82K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Rockwell Automation, Inc. ($67K), Beckman Coulter Inc ($68K), and Carl Zeiss ($70K).

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, Customer Relationship Management, Systems Troubleshooting, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Service and Computer Hardware Technician. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know System Repair, Technical Services, 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $59K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $66K. Field Service Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $72K. Field Service Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,580

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Field Service Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Field Service Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+12 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Field Service Engineer Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Field Service Engineer Salaries


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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