Field Service Engineer Salary (United States)

Male Field Service Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $62,791 per year in the United States. The range in pay spans from $41,457 to $85,823 per year. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission, peaking near $9,698 each for the first two and $10,304 for the last, total cash payment can bottom out near $41,986 or peak near $82,644. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group—the company and experience level are driving factors as well. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision plans. Most Field Service Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,986 - $82,644
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Field Service Engineer Salary (?
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$17.49 - $35.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,986 - $82,644  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,698  
Profit Sharing
$491.69 - $5,192  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$41,457 - $85,823  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,084
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.49 - $35.94  
   
Overtime
$25.10 - $53.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,698  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$491.69 - $5,192  
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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$41,457 - $85,823  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 496
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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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Compensation may increase for Field Service Engineers who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Senior Field Engineer may make an additional $12,427 per year than lower-end positions. As Field Service Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Medical Equipment Field Service Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, despite the $1,050 drop in pay. Another common career choice for Field Service Engineers is to move into a Semiconductor Field Service Engineer role—this promotion comes with a pay raise of $2,600.

Field Service Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Service Engineer

Field Service Engineers flock to General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Philips Medical Systems, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Siemens, and General Electric Co (GE), highly-regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Carl Zeiss leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $76,632. 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 $70,991, $70,465, or $65,525 at each firm, respectively.
Philips Medical Systems is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $62,556—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $51K while workers on the upper end may rake in $100K. Agilent Technologies and Beckman Coulter Inc are other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($64,150 and $65,268, respectively).

Popular Skills for Field Service Engineer

Field Service Engineers report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Robotics, Biotechnology, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 16 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Hardware Technician, Computer Service, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Starting out, salaries are typically $57K, which grows to $63K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $67K after 10 to 20 years. After two decades on the job, Field Service Engineers see salary growth dwindle, averaging $70K. Field Service Engineers with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Field Service Engineers that is 26 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Field Service Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+15 percent), Houston (+9 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Charlotte (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Cincinnati (-6 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Field Service Engineer Salaries

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$63,000

Skills That Affect Field Service Engineer Salaries

Robotics
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Biotechnology
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Technical Services
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$63,000
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
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: 66% employee benefits None: 9%
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