Men represent the vast majority of Mechanical Engineering Technologists in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $56K annually nationwide. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Mechanical Engineering Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,142 - $79,577
(Median)
$41K
$56K
$80K
MEDIAN: $56,230
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90%

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$15.37 - $33.88
(Median)
$15
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$41,142 - $79,577  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,500  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$37,543 - $78,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.37 - $33.88  
   
Overtime
$23.51 - $49.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$37,543 - $78,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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Job Description for Mechanical Engineering Technologist

Mechanical engineering technologists serve primarily as problem solvers and troubleshooters in the manufacture, fabrication, and ongoing maintenance of machinery and automated equipment. The technologist typically works at fabrication and assembly of equipment parts according to design specifications. They works with customers and design documentation, as well as ensure that machinery and automated processes perform to standards. The technologist typically works within these design specifications to fix customer issues and help make machinery work more safely and efficiently.

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Mechanical Engineering Technologist Tasks

  • Assemble, build, or prepare products and/or facilities for manufacture.
  • Inspect and review prototypes, vendor parts, and line assembled pieces for fit to specifications and measurements.
  • Write detailed specifications of parts and products from designs or actual mechanical systems.
  • Install equipment and train other technicians in use and interpretation of equipment.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Technologist


Mechanical Engineering Technologists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Windows Operating System General Use, Engineering Design, Precision Machining, and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like CAD/CAM, autodesk autocad, and SolidWorks. Those proficient in SolidWorks are, more often than not, also skilled in CAD/CAM. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Microsoft Excel, CAD/CAM, and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineering Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mechanical Engineering Technologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. On average, Mechanical Engineering Technologists make $66K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $71K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Mechanical Engineering Technologist Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineering Technologist Salaries

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 17%


Precision Machining
up arrow 2%

Project Management
0%

Maintenance
0%

National Average
$53,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
up arrow 6%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 7%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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