For Engineering Technicians, hourly average wages total $21.15 per hour. Total incomes of Engineering Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $34K and $74K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. There are far more male Engineering Technicians survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. The majority of Engineering Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,915 - $78,106
$37K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $52,774
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$14.71 - $30.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,915 - $78,106  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,713  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,116  
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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$33,515 - $74,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $30.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47  
Overtime
$21.31 - $46.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,713  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,116  
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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$33,515 - $74,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,242

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Process Engineer, where median compensation is $72K annually. Senior Engineering Technicians or Civil Engineers are common next-step roles for Engineering Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Engineering Technicians is $9K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Civil Engineers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician


Dominating the field, Intel Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., Tesla Motors, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and General Electric Co (GE) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Engineering Technicians. GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $84K. Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries at General Electric Co (GE) (+$78K), Tesla Motors (+$77K), and Intel Corporation (+$74K).

Also approaching the lower end are BAE Systems Inc. at $49K, Chesapeake Energy Corporation at $50K, and Black and Veatch at $52K.

Popular Skills for Engineering Technician


Engineering Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, Maintenance, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Electronic Troubleshooting. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know Test Engineering and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Technician

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For Engineering Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. On average, Engineering Technicians make $56K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,783

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For Engineering Technicians, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+21 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (11 percent lower) and Huntsville (8 percent lower).

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 542 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Engineering Technician Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 542 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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