Entry-Level Engineering Technician Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Engineering Technicians is around $18.32 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Engineering Technicians vary widely between $30K and $62K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The vast majority of Entry-Level Engineering Technicians (86 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Entry-Level Engineering Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,694 - $66,218
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,824
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$13.57 - $25.35
(Median)
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,694 - $66,218  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,111  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,013  
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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$30,362 - $61,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 654
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.57 - $25.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.42  
Overtime
$19.28 - $37.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,111  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,013  
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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$30,362 - $61,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,137
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,718

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For Entry-Level Engineering Technicians, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+21 percent), Oklahoma City (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and San Jose (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 8 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (8 percent lower) and Irvine (7 percent lower).

Engineering Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Engineering Technician in Grand Forks:
Understand the job behaviors in comparison to the wage. This is a mixture of Cad Management, architectural, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing design. You will need a basic understand of state codes.

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 Engineering Technician Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 12%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Maintenance
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$43,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Test Engineering
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 281 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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