Engineering Technician Salary

An average Engineering Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $21.32 per hour. Cash earnings for Engineering Technicians — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $34K to approximately $74K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. There are far more male Engineering Technicians survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,001 - $77,780
$37K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $53,422
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$14.81 - $31.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,001 - $77,780  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,002  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,771  
Commission
$6,104  
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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$33,574 - $74,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $31.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47  
Overtime
$21.32 - $46.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,002  
   
Commission
$6,104  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,771  
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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$33,574 - $74,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,365

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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

  • 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.
  • Create and review technical drawings, blueprints, schematics or specifications.
  • Operate instruments, track test results, and troubleshoot when problems arise.

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Engineering Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Process Engineer. The average Process Engineer brings home $72K per year. Engineering Technicians typically move into roles as Senior Engineering Technicians or Civil Engineers, and those positions pay $9K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician


Dominating the field, Intel Corporation, Tesla Motors, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and BAE Systems Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Engineering Technicians. GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $86K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Tesla Motors, Intel Corporation, and Medtronic, Inc., where earnings of $77K, $73K, or $73K are standard for Engineering Technicians.

With a median salary of only $47K (about half the top paying employer's rate), BAE Systems Inc. lags significantly in the earnings department. Workers at Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Cree, Inc., and Black and Veatch also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $50K, $50K, and $51K respectively.

Popular Skills for Engineering Technician


Engineering Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, Data Analysis, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and autodesk autocad. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Test Engineering and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Technician

Pay by Experience for an Engineering Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Engineering Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 1,667 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Engineering Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 977 salaries. An experienced Engineering Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 903 salaries. An Engineering Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 564 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,062

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Home to some of the best pay for Engineering Technicians, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Portland (+19 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 17 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (14 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (13 percent lower).

Engineering Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Engineering Technician?

Engineering Technician in Oklahoma City:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: I love the my co-workers and the culture that is established in the company before the recent executives.
Cons: The management. The upper management has a high turn over rate. During my two years, my department had three different managers. The corporate and field department lacks communication, which causes a large amount of money to be wasted.

Engineering Technician in Berea:
"My job."
Pros: The freedom I have to make decision that determine whether the machines are operating correctly.
Cons: The hours I work are very sporadic, and little to no respect from production employees. The constant stress of ensuring each and every part off of my equipment meets correct standards, and the minimal support from upper management, who feel they do not need any technicians.

Engineering Technician in Overland Park:
"Exciting."
Pros: I am working on different projects inside our contract with AT&T. I love going from job to job...as well as the people I work with.
Cons: The Benefits....or Lack of them.

Engineering Technician in Richmond:
"Demanding most of the time both mentally and physically."
Pros: Exposure to different job sites, conditions and people.
Cons: Work hours are sometimes hard to come by. Work is mostly weather dependent and upper management will always try to low ball your salary.

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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Key Stats for Engineering Technician

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 626 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Engineering Technician Salaries

▲22%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$50,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 626 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 14%
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