Engineering Technician Salary

The average Engineering Technician in the United States earns approximately $21.08 per hour. Total cash compensation for Engineering Technicians runs from $33K to $75K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and geography. 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. Male Engineering Technicians far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,154 - $76,847
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,734
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$14.54 - $30.56
(Median)
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,154 - $76,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,728  
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $5,450  
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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$33,281 - $74,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $30.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.57 - $45.81  
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 - $5,728  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $5,450  
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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$33,281 - $74,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,410
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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 go on to become Engineering Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Engineering Project Managers is $88K annually. Engineering Technicians typically move into roles as Senior Engineering Technicians or Civil Engineers, and those positions pay $9K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician


Engineering Technicians flock to Intel Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Tesla Motors, and Texas Instruments, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Employees at Tesla Motors enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $79K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $65K and higher ones not far away at only $95K. Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, Inc., and U.S. Navy are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Engineering Technicians earning around $71K, $71K, or $67K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include BAE Systems Inc. at $43K and Northrop Grumman Corporation at $47K, though some Engineering Technicians there earn up to $92K.

Popular Skills for Engineering Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design. Most people familiar with 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.


Engineering Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. Engineering Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $56K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,781

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

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Technicians, 23 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+7 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego and Baltimore (1 percent lower).

Engineering Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Engineering Technician?

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 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.

What is it like working as an Engineering Technician at Black and Veatch?

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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Experience Affects Engineering Technician Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Engineering Technician Salaries



Electronic Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Troubleshooting
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Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Test Engineering
0%

National Average
$50,000

AutoCAD
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

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


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 692 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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