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Engineering Technician Salary

Engineering Technicians in the United States take home approximately $20.76 per hour on average. Cash earnings of Engineering Technicians can occasionally include $6K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $33K to almost $74K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by years of experience and location. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Engineering Technicians who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. Work is enjoyable for Engineering Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,581 - $75,507
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $51,080
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$14.42 - $30.27
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,581 - $75,507  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,816  
Profit Sharing
$410.22 - $5,973  
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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$32,794 - $74,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,385
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.42 - $30.27  
   
Overtime
$19.96 - $45.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,816  
   
Profit Sharing
$410.22 - $5,973  
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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$32,794 - $74,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,003

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Job Description for Engineering Technician

An engineering technician's primary task is assisting engineers or scientists, with specific duties usually depending on the technician's field of specialization. Engineering technicians primarily play three roles: support, diagnostics, and maintenance. However, the actual requirements and duties vary widely and include creative tasks such as aiding in product or tool design. Other duties may include maintaining assembly or manufacturing systems, assessing and controlling production quality, diagnosing flaws, and conducting repairs.

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Engineering Technician Tasks

  • Create and review technical drawings, blueprints, schematics or specifications.
  • Operate instruments, track test results, and troubleshoot when problems arise.
  • Maintain equipment, including ordering parts and directing or performing preventative and repair maintenance as needed.
  • Maintain logs and write reports of activity results and equipment maintenance.

Common Career Paths for Engineering Technician


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While not commonly seen, Engineering Technicians who transition into a Construction Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Construction Project Managers is $70K per year. Becoming a Senior Engineering Technician is, more often than not, the most common role that Engineering Technicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $58K. Another frequent advance is for Engineering Technicians to assume a Civil Engineering Technician role; in this role, workers often earn $44K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician


Dominating the field, Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., and Harris Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Engineering Technicians. Engineering Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Texas Instruments, Inc., where the median salary comes to $71K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($42K) and those starting out ($90K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Soaring salaries can also be found at Intel Corporation, Skyworks Solutions, Inc., and Siemens, where earnings of $64K, $56K, or $53K are standard for Engineering Technicians.

BAE Systems Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and Black and Veatch also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $44K, $49K, and $50K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Engineering Technician


Engineering Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, Project Management, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know AutoCAD and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. Engineering Technicians see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Engineering Technicians 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 $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Engineering Technicians, 26 percent above the national average. Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+14 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Salt Lake City (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Huntsville, 10 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Irvine and Chicago (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Engineering Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Engineering Technician?

Engineering Technician in Glendale:
"I travel all over the state doing annual service and repairs."
Pros: I get to travel and have a flexible schedule as I make on my own somewhat.
Cons: I travel and have to be gone days at a time 2-3 times a month.

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Experience Affects Engineering Technician Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Engineering Technician Salaries






Data Analysis
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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Troubleshooting
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Microsoft Office
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Test Engineering
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$49,000

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 639 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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