Field Service Engineer Salary (United States)

Very much a male dominated career in the United States, Field Service Engineers earn an average of $62,791 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $41,457 to $85,823 per year. The range in cash compensation to Field Service Engineers ($41,457 to $85,823) includes potential earnings of $9,698 each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Field Service Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Field Service Engineer Salary (?
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$41,986 - $82,644
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MEDIAN: $60,820
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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  
PayScale
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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As Field Service Engineers make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb. Those in less important roles may make $12,427 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Senior Field Engineer. Field Service Engineers go on to become Medical Equipment Field Service Engineers more often than anything else despite lower paychecks (-$1,050). Field Service Engineers can find higher salaries (+$2,600) when they move into a Semiconductor Field Service Engineer role, another well-traveled path for those in this field.

Field Service Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Field Service Engineer

General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Philips Medical Systems, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Siemens, and General Electric Co (GE) are top-notch employers for Field Service Engineers in this area. Carl Zeiss pays the most with a median salary of $76,632. Other big spenders include General Electric Co (GE), General Electric (GE) Healthcare, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., top-paying firms where Field Service Engineers see paychecks nearing $70,991, $70,465, or $65,525.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Philips Medical Systems, where the median salary is just $62,556. Agilent Technologies and Beckman Coulter Inc are other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $64,150 and $65,268.

Popular Skills for Field Service Engineer

Survey results imply that Field Service Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 pay less than market rate 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

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For Field Service Engineers, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $57K, increasing to $63K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $67K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Field Service Engineers earning an average of $70K per year. 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.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Field Service Engineers, 26 percent above the national average. Boston, Houston, San Diego, and Charlotte also offer top salaries for Field Service Engineers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 15 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent more, respectively. Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (-6 percent) and Cincinnati (-5 percent).

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Experience Affects Field Service Engineer Salaries

National Average
$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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System Repair
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Microsoft Office
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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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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