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Entry-Level Engineering Technician Salary (United States)

The average Engineering Technician earns approximately $17.65 per hour. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Engineering Technicians ranges from $29K on the lower end to $61K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. A solid majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Entry-Level Engineering Technicians are largely men, dominating the profession at 86 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$31,204 - $64,839
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $44,158
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Entry-Level Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$12.84 - $24.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,204 - $64,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,973  
Profit Sharing
$101.01 - $4,975  
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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$29,100 - $60,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 477
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $24.77  
   
Overtime
$17.82 - $37.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.01 - $4,975  
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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$29,100 - $60,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 815
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Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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Denver
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Houston
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Dallas
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Portland
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National Average
$41,000
Pittsburgh
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For Entry-Level Engineering Technicians, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Denver, Austin, Oklahoma City, and Houston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Engineering Technicians earning around 17 percent, 16 percent, 15 percent, and 13 percent more than average. San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (5 percent lower) and Irvine (4 percent lower).

Engineering Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Engineering Technician in Asheville:
"A Lot Of Stress, Time Away From Home And Low Pay."
Worked at my company for 8 years and have to maintain several certifications and oversee construction work for conformance with project specifications. I have to test concrete, building footings, soils, asphalt, CABC stone, bridge coatings. I have to inspect masonry, rebar placement, steel repair, excavations, pipe placement, fill placement. I have to closely document all work done by others in addition to myself. All this and I've meet masonry laborers that make several dollars more than myself and all they do is move mortar from one place to another.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Engineering Technician Salaries

Project Management
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Data Analysis
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Engineering Design
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Microsoft Word
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Technical Analysis
0%
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%
National Average
$41,000
AutoCAD
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Test Engineering
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 253 votes.

Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%