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Engineering Technician Salary (United States)

The average Engineering Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $20.55 per hour. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $6K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $32K and hits $74K on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though years of experience and location have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Engineering Technicians far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$35,300 - $75,300
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MEDIAN: $50,494
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Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$14.22 - $30.01
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,300 - $75,300  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,913  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $6,054  
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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$32,087 - $73,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.22 - $30.01  
   
Overtime
$19.56 - $45.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $6,054  
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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$32,087 - $73,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,853
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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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While Engineering Technicians do not often become Construction Project Managers, the job pays $70K per year on average. Going from Engineering Technician to Senior Engineering Technician is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $58K. Many others choose to work as Civil Engineering Technicians, where pay is typically $44K.

Engineering Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician

Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, Inc., Harris Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and Skyworks Solutions, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Engineering Technicians. Although Texas Instruments, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $71K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $42K or as much as $90K.

Popular Skills for Engineering Technician

Survey results imply that Engineering Technicians deploy a deep pool 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 8 percent and 17 percent. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. 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 $60K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Technicians, 17 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent), San Jose (+14 percent), Tulsa (+11 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). In Huntsville, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Pittsburgh and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Engineering Technician Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Skills That Affect Engineering Technician Salaries

Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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Troubleshooting
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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Test Engineering
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National Average
$48,000
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 611 votes.

Gender

Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%