Mechanical Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Mechanical Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $20.06 per hour. Cash earnings for Mechanical Technicians — including $5K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $30K to $71K depending on individual performance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mechanical Technicians. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,670 - $72,904
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,404
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$13.17 - $29.85
(Median)
$13
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,670 - $72,904  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$30,069 - $70,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $29.85  
   
Overtime
$18.42 - $44.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$30,069 - $70,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 331
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Job Description for Mechanical Technician

Mechanical technicians (also referred to as simply "mechanics") are responsible for preventative maintenance for their company’s machines and equipment They also inspect equipment to verify that it is safe to use, as well as make repairs as needed. When a breakdown occurs, mechanical technicians inspect and diagnose the underlying problem; they then determine if it is necessary to replace parts and/or how to repair the equipment as quickly and safely as possible. Mechanical technicians must keep detailed logs of maintenance and repairs, as well as use specialized tools to calibrate equipment and machines. They also maintain sufficient inventory of replacement parts and repair equipment.

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Mechanical Technician Tasks

  • Complete turnaround and service of equipment.
  • Follow procedures and complete paperwork.
  • Check components and replace worn or damaged parts.

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Technician


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Many Mechanical Technicians transition into upper-level roles like Diesel Mechanic. However, Diesel Mechanics do report a slightly lower median income of $41K per year.

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Survey results show that Mechanical Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Troubleshooting, Machine Operation, Mechanical Tool Repair, and Equipment Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 14 percent. Employees educated in Electronic Troubleshooting are typically practiced in Welding, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Technician

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


For Mechanical Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $42K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $54K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Mechanical Technician Advice

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

Mechanical Technician in Gooding:
"To Manage Staff."
To work hard in order to achieve to other stage of life. Concentration because tools are very dangerous.

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Experience Affects Mechanical Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 14%

Machine Operation
up arrow 14%

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 12%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 8%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 6%

up arrow 5%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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