Engineering Technician Salary

Earnings for Engineering Technicians in the United States come in at around $21.21 per hour on average. In the world of Engineering Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $34K and $74K. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Men account for the majority of Engineering Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Engineering Technicians is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$36,966 - $78,035
$37K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $53,056
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$14.72 - $30.95
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MEDIAN: $21.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,966 - $78,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,787  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,104  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$33,550 - $74,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $30.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47  
Overtime
$21.27 - $46.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,787  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$33,550 - $74,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,185

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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.

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 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


Engineering Technicians fill the offices of leading firms Intel Corporation, Tesla Motors, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and BAE Systems Inc. GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $86K. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at Tesla Motors ($77K), Intel Corporation ($73K), and Medtronic, Inc. ($73K).

BAE Systems Inc. lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary about half the top paying employer's rate ($47K). 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 report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Those who learned Microsoft Office also tend to know Electronic Troubleshooting. Most people familiar with 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: $49,890

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For Engineering Technicians, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+20 percent), Portland (+19 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Atlanta and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

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 548 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

▲23%

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$50,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 548 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: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 13%