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Entry-Level Engineering Technician Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Engineering Technicians pull down an average of $17.66 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Engineering Technicians vary widely between $29K and $61K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Male Entry-Level Engineering Technicians far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$31,769 - $65,122
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MEDIAN: $44,703
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Entry-Level Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$13.00 - $24.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,769 - $65,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,970  
Profit Sharing
$102.56 - $5,117  
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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$29,403 - $60,833  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 498
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $24.85  
   
Overtime
$18.08 - $37.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,970  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.56 - $5,117  
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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$29,403 - $60,833  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 851
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Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Austin
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Denver
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Portland
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Dallas
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Seattle
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National Average
$42,000
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For Entry-Level Engineering Technicians, Houston provides a pay rate that is 20 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+18 percent), Austin (+17 percent), Denver (+16 percent), and Oklahoma City (+16 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Workers in Columbus and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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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Systems Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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Engineering Design
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Troubleshooting
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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
$42,000
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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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 253 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 14%