What does a Field Engineer do?

Field service engineers design, install, or repair equipment related to different sectors of the technology world. They perform repair installation duties at a client's home or in a place of business. They can work in public and private sector settings and at electric manufacturing companies. Sometimes they are required to train customers on how to use certain types of hardware.

Field service engineers interact with clients to solve their issues. They install new hardware and software or systems and keep track of existing problems; they check on these existing problems and, at times, team up with other professionals. They are responsible for keeping track of newly- purchased equipment. Field service engineers work directly with people, have extensive knowledge of computer software and hardware, and possess excellent people and mechanical skills. Field service engineers need a minimum bachelor's degree in a scientific computer or engineering subject.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Field Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$71,855 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$53K
Median: $72K
$97K
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Field Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Field Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Field Service Engineer
$71,172/yr
L3
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Field Engineer Insights

Read what Field Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
DiakontDiakont
Field Service Engineer
Jul 3, 2020

“This isn’t a good place to learn good design and development habits in manufacturing.”

ExcisExcis
Field Engineer
Aug 5, 2021

“I have been working here during 6 years and it has been such a great opportunity for my career.”

Synergy IT SolutionsSynergy IT Solutions
Field Service Engineer
Sep 17, 2021

“Holiday bonus is based on the company's profit and is out of your control.”

Building & EarthBuilding & Earth
Field Engineer
Nov 28, 2020

“The job itself is interesting and the company is growing which opens new opportunities for career advancement.”

Dempsey Business Systems
Managed Services Engineer
Aug 4, 2021

“The only way I even got a raise was someone had to leave and I got their job.”

Koninklijke PhilipsKoninklijke Philips
Field Service Engineer
Jan 6, 2022

“Good peers and highly experienced colleagues who offer help when needed and can guide you at the start of your career.”

Kiewit CorporationKiewit Corporation
Field/Office Engineer
Feb 11, 2021

“Long hours (but I guess it should be expected if you work in the construction industry).”

DC GroupDC Group
Field Service Engineer
Sep 16, 2019

“Our CEO Jon Frank believes Field Engineers efficient Service is a good representation to all of our customers.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a field engineer

When working as a field engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Operating Systems, Written Communication, Microsoft Office Suite, Windows, and PLC.

The most similar professions to field engineer are:
  • Field Service Technician
  • Project Engineer
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager

The most common qualifications to become a field engineer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.