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Mechanical Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Mechanical Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.58 per hour. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,217 - $72,797
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,780
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$13.52 - $29.59
(Median)
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,217 - $72,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,170  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,747  
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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$30,666 - $67,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $29.59  
   
Overtime
$18.57 - $43.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,170  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,747  
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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$30,666 - $67,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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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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More often than not, lower-level Mechanical Technicians go on to take higher-end positions like Diesel Mechanic even though pay tends to be lower. Median salary for Diesel Mechanics is at the $40K mark.

Mechanical Technician Job Listings

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Mechanical Technicians seem to require a number of specific 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 27 percent, 15 percent, and 13 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Technician

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


Mechanical Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $44K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mechanical Technicians make a median salary of $51K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, 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 21%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 27%

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 15%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 13%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 11%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Welding
0%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 16%