Mechanical Technician Salary

Mechanical Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.91 per hour. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Mechanical Technicians is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,591 - $73,620
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,571
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90%

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$13.34 - $29.65
(Median)
$13
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,591 - $73,620  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,958  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $7,861  
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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$30,315 - $69,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.34 - $29.65  
   
Overtime
$18.27 - $44.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,958  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $7,861  
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).
)
$30,315 - $69,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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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 $40K per year.

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Mechanical Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Troubleshooting, Mechanical Tool Repair, Systems Troubleshooting, and Equipment Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 15 percent. Experience with Electronic Troubleshooting is often linked with knowledge of Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Technician

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker earns $42K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $45K. Mechanical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $55K on average.

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 18%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 15%

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 12%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 10%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 9%

up arrow 7%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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