Median pay for Engineering Technicians in the United States is around $21.14 per hour. Total incomes of Engineering Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $34K and $74K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Engineering Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (87 percent) of Engineering Technicians who answered the questionnaire are male. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,798 - $77,349
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$37K
$53K
$77K
MEDIAN: $52,609
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$14.77 - $30.93
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$15
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,798 - $77,349  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,794  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,613  
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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$33,789 - $74,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $30.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47  
Overtime
$21.28 - $46.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,794  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,613  
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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$33,789 - $74,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,156
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Engineering Project Manager, where median compensation is $89K annually. Typical career progression for an Engineering Technician involves becoming a Senior Engineering Technician or a Civil Engineer, roles that pay $9K more and $10K more on average.

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Dominating the field, Intel Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., Tesla Motors, Texas Instruments, Inc., and Chesapeake Energy Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Engineering Technicians. The biggest paychecks can be found at GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. — the median salary there is $78K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider General Electric Co (GE), Tesla Motors, and Medtronic, Inc., top-paying firms where Engineering Technicians rake in a respectable $78K, $77K, or $73K, respectively.

BAE Systems Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Black and Veatch are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $49K, $50K, and $52K.

Popular Skills for Engineering Technician


Engineering Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, Maintenance, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Design. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Test Engineering and Electronic Troubleshooting. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Technician

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


For Engineering Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $52K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Engineering Technicians make a median salary of $57K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,937

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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Engineering Technicians in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+19 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Huntsville (8 percent lower) and Kansas City (6 percent lower).

Engineering Technician Reviews

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 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.

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.

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Experience Affects Engineering Technician Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Engineering Technician Salaries


Electronic Troubleshooting
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Technical Analysis
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Maintenance
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Troubleshooting
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Test Engineering
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Microsoft Office
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Data Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Word
0%

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$50,000

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Microsoft Excel
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Engineering Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 522 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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