Engineering Technician Salary

Average Engineering Technicians in the United States make around $21.08 per hour. In the world of Engineering Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $33K and $75K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $5K, respectively. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and geography are driving factors as well. Most Engineering Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Engineering Technicians are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,154 - $76,847
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,734
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$14.54 - $30.56
(Median)
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,154 - $76,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,728  
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $5,450  
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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$33,281 - $74,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $30.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.57 - $45.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,728  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $5,450  
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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$33,281 - $74,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,410
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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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Engineering Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Engineering Project Manager. The average Engineering Project Manager brings home $88K per year. The most common next step for an Engineering Technician is to become a Senior Engineering Technician or a Civil Engineer. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician


Intel Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Tesla Motors, and Texas Instruments, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Engineering Technicians. Tesla Motors offers the best pay with a median salary of $79K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $65K and maxing out at just $95K. Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, Inc., and U.S. Navy also offer top salaries for Engineering Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $71K, $71K, and $67K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include BAE Systems Inc. at $43K, and Northrop Grumman Corporation where $47K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Engineering Technicians there earn up to $92K.

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, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design. 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.


Engineering Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $43K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $50K. Engineering Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. Engineering Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,781

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For Engineering Technicians, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+7 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Baltimore (1 percent less).

Engineering Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Engineering Technician at Black and Veatch?

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.

What is it like working as an Engineering Technician?

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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Experience Affects Engineering Technician Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Engineering Technician Salaries



Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Maintenance
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
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Troubleshooting
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Test Engineering
0%

National Average
$50,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

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


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 692 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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