Engineering Technician Salary

Pay for Engineering Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $20.72 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Engineering Technicians stretch from $33K on the lower end to $74K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and location are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority (87 percent) of Engineering Technicians who answered the questionnaire are male. Job satisfaction for Engineering Technicians is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,550 - $75,341
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,970
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$14.36 - $30.27
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$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,550 - $75,341  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,848  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $6,257  
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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$32,677 - $74,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $30.27  
   
Overtime
$19.85 - $45.53  
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 - $5,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $6,257  
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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$32,677 - $74,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,946

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Engineering Technicians move into roles as Construction Project Managers, where pay is an average $70K per year. Career advancement for the typical Engineering Technician often leads to becoming a Senior Engineering Technician or a Civil Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Engineering Technicians include Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., and Harris Corporation. Texas Instruments, Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $71K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $42K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $90K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Intel Corporation at $64K, Skyworks Solutions, Inc. at $56K, and Siemens, where Engineering Technicians annually earn $53K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include BAE Systems Inc. ($47K), Chesapeake Energy Corporation ($49K), and Black and Veatch ($50K).

Popular Skills for Engineering Technician


Engineering Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD. 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. 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 $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Engineering Technicians, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+15 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Salt Lake City (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Huntsville, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Chicago and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 8 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






Data Analysis
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Test Engineering
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Engineering Design
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Troubleshooting
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$49,000

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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AutoCAD
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 643 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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%