Engineering Technician Salary

The average Engineering Technician in the United States earns approximately $20.80 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $6K, total cash payment to Engineering Technicians can bottom out at $33K or peak near $74K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Engineering Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men make up the vast majority of Engineering Technicians (87 percent) who took the survey. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,847 - $75,671
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $51,305
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$14.43 - $30.28
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,847 - $75,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,807  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,847  
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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$32,937 - $74,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $30.28  
   
Overtime
$20.09 - $45.59  
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 - $5,807  
   
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,847  
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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$32,937 - $74,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,044
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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. Engineering Technicians most often move into positions as Senior Engineering Technicians or Civil Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $10K higher, 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 all popular places to work. Tesla Motors offers the largest salaries in town — $81K on average. Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries at Texas Instruments, Inc. (+$71K), Intel Corporation (+$66K), and Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (+$56K).

BAE Systems Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and Black and Veatch are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($44K, $49K, and $50K respectively).

Popular Skills for Engineering Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their 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. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in AutoCAD and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Technician

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


For many Engineering Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. 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 offers some of the highest pay in the country for Engineering Technicians, 25 percent above the national average. Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Salt Lake City (+7 percent). Huntsville is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Irvine (8 percent less) and Pittsburgh (6 percent less).

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
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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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