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Engineering Technician Salary

For Engineering Technicians, hourly average wages total $20.71 per hour. Total cash compensation to Engineering Technicians varies from $33K to $74K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K each. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by career duration and location. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Engineering Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men account for the majority of Engineering Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,561 - $75,464
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,061
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$14.38 - $30.27
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$21
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,561 - $75,464  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,734  
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $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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$32,695 - $73,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,371
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $30.27  
   
Overtime
$19.95 - $45.61  
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 - $5,734  
   
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $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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$32,695 - $73,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,994

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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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While Engineering Technicians do not often become Construction Project Managers, the job pays $70K per year on average. Becoming a Senior Engineering Technician is, more often than not, the most common role that Engineering Technicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $58K. Another frequent advance is for Engineering Technicians to assume a Civil Engineering Technician role; in this role, workers often earn $44K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Engineering Technicians include Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., and Harris Corporation. For Engineering Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at Texas Instruments, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $71K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($42K versus $90K) is great. Soaring salaries can also be found at Intel Corporation, Skyworks Solutions, Inc., and Siemens, where earnings of $64K, $56K, or $53K are standard for Engineering Technicians.

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


Engineering Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, Project Management, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Engineering Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. For Engineering Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. 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 $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Technicians, 26 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Salt Lake City (+6 percent). Huntsville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Irvine and 8 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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





Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Maintenance
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Troubleshooting
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Test Engineering
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$49,000

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

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 641 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

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: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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