Mechanical Technician Salary

Mechanical Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.06 per hour. In the world of Mechanical Technicians, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $71K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. Work is enjoyable for Mechanical Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,670 - $72,904
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,404
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$13.17 - $29.85
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$20
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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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Mechanical Technicians often transition into a Diesel Mechanic position. Diesel Mechanics report a slightly lower median income of $41K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mechanical Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $46K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $42K. Mechanical Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Mechanical Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $54K 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 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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