Engineering Technician Salary

Pay for Engineering Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $21.22 per hour. Total cash compensation to Engineering Technicians approaches anywhere from $34K on the lower end to $74K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. The vast majority of Engineering Technicians (85 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for Engineering Technicians is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$37,258 - $77,033
$37K
$54K
$77K
MEDIAN: $53,581
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$14.78 - $31.18
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$0$77K
Salary $37,258 - $77,033
Bonus $0.00 - $5,950
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,186
Commission $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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$33,619 - $74,147
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,348
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $14.78 - $31.18
Hourly Tips $0.47
Overtime $21.20 - $46.26
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,950
Commission $6,104
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,186
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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$33,619 - $74,147
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,453

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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 who transition into a Process Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $72K per year. The most common next step for an Engineering Technician is to become a Senior Engineering Technician or a Civil Engineer. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.

Engineering Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician


Intel Corporation, Tesla Motors, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and BAE Systems Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Engineering Technicians. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. offers the most; Engineering Technicians earn $86K on average there. Other big spenders include Tesla Motors, Intel Corporation, and Medtronic, Inc., top-paying firms where Engineering Technicians see paychecks nearing $77K, $73K, or $73K.

With a reported median salary of only $47K, BAE Systems Inc. easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are about half the top paying employer's rate. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Cree, Inc., and Black and Veatch also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $50K, $50K, and $51K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Engineering Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and autodesk autocad. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Test Engineering and Electronic Troubleshooting. Skill sets containing Microsoft Office also tend to include 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: $50,073

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Engineering Technicians will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Portland (+19 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. 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 Johannesburg:
"Great."
Pros: J learn a lot of technical stuff and good communications skills..How to work as a team cohesively and respect different cultures.
Cons: I dont get paid much..I am not appreciated at all..I rate far far less than mu other colleagues. I dont have any pecks at all.Management is choosy based on colour.

Engineering Technician in Rohnert Park:
"Always busy. Cant keep up a sometimes."
Pros: The challenges. Learning new things each and every day.
Cons: Workload is too heavy. Way underpaid and overworked. No raises or recognition.

Engineering Technician in Minneapolis:
"Machining and design."
Pros: Machining, design, client negotiations.
Cons: The workplace hostility and disrespect.

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 Hudson:
"Test prototypes for market."
Pros: Relaxed environment and free to do what I want.
Cons: No specific directions just go and test this.

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.

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Key Stats for Engineering Technician

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 705 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Engineering Technician Salaries

▲22%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$50,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 705 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 14%
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