Engineering Technician Salary

Earnings for Engineering Technicians in the United States come in at around $20.88 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Engineering Technicians ranges from $33K on the lower end to $74K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Engineering Technicians (87 percent) survey respondents are men. Work is enjoyable for Engineering Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,950 - $75,637

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$14.45 - $30.26

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,950 - $75,637  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,763  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $5,781  
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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$32,952 - $73,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $30.26  
   
Overtime
$20.20 - $45.57  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,763  
   
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $5,781  
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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$32,952 - $73,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,061
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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 advance into the role of a Construction Project Manager are fairly uncommon. Construction Project Managers on average earn $70K per year. 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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Engineering Technicians. Engineering Technicians flock to Tesla Motors for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $81K lead the pack in compensation. Texas Instruments, Inc., Intel Corporation, and Skyworks Solutions, Inc. also offer top salaries for Engineering Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $71K, $66K, and $56K, 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 $44K, $49K, and $50K.

Popular Skills for Engineering Technician


Survey takers working as Engineering Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. 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 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quality Assurance / Quality Control. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also 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.


For Engineering Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $49K. Engineering Technicians see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Engineering Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Technicians, 27 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+16 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Salt Lake City (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Huntsville, 12 percent below the national average. Irvine and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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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Microsoft Excel
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Troubleshooting
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Microsoft Office
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Test Engineering
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$49,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 624 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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