Mechanical Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Mechanical Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $19.78 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,839 - $72,964
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,322
10%
50%
90%

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$13.25 - $29.90
(Median)
$13
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,839 - $72,964  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,089  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $6,104  
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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$30,179 - $69,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.25 - $29.90  
   
Overtime
$17.90 - $44.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,089  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $6,104  
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).
)
$30,179 - $69,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255

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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 move into Diesel Mechanic roles. Diesel Mechanics seem to make a little less than Mechanical Technicians as their salaries average out to $40K a year.

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Survey results suggest that Mechanical Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting, Mechanical Tool Repair, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Electronic Troubleshooting and Welding are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Technician

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


Mechanical Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $41K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mechanical Technicians make a median salary of $52K. Mechanical Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $55K.

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 20%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 26%

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 13%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 12%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 10%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

Welding
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 16%