Engineering Technician Salary

Engineering Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $20.84 per hour. Overall cash earnings of Engineering Technicians stretch from $33K near the bottom to $74K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more male Engineering Technicians survey respondents than women, making up 87 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,885 - $75,680
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $51,326
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$14.44 - $30.32
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$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,885 - $75,680  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,801  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $5,817  
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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$32,948 - $74,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,376
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $30.32  
   
Overtime
$20.11 - $45.62  
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 - $5,801  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $5,817  
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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$32,948 - $74,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,052
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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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Though some Engineering Technicians move into positions like Construction Project Manager (where the average salary is $70K), this progression is not the norm. Engineering Technicians typically move into roles as Senior Engineering Technicians or Civil Engineers, and those positions pay $9K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician


Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., and Harris Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Engineering Technicians. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Tesla Motors offers the most; Engineering Technicians earn $81K on average there. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at Texas Instruments, Inc. ($71K), Intel Corporation ($66K), and Skyworks Solutions, Inc. ($56K).

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


Survey results imply that Engineering Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. Engineering Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Engineering Technicians in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Salt Lake City (+7 percent). Huntsville is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Irvine and Pittsburgh (8 percent lower and 6 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





Maintenance
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Data Analysis
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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Troubleshooting
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Test Engineering
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$49,000

AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 632 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

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: 62% employee benefits None: 11%
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