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Field Service Engineer Salary (United States)

Field Service Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $61K annually. Cash earnings for Field Service Engineers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $86K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. The greater part enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Field Service Engineers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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  
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  
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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Field Service Engineers may experience a boost if they go on to an upper-level role like Senior Field Engineer. Senior Field Engineers tend to make $75K annually. Becoming a Medical Equipment Field Service Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Field Service Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A typical salary for a Medical Equipment Field Service Engineer is $62K. Another frequent advance is for Field Service Engineers to assume a Semiconductor Field Service Engineer role; in this role, workers often take home $65K.

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 attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $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.
Offering a median salary of only $63K, Philips Medical Systems pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $51K to $93K is pretty narrow, too. Employees at Agilent Technologies, Beckman Coulter Inc, and Siemens can also expect below-average earnings of $64K, $65K, and $66K.

Popular Skills for Field Service Engineer

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 pay less than market rate include Computer Hardware Technician, Computer Service, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also know 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $70K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Field Service Engineers typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Field Service Engineers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Boston, Houston, San Diego, and Charlotte are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Field Service Engineers earning around 15 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent more than average. Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (6 percent lower) and Cincinnati (5 percent lower).

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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%