Mechanical Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.01 per hour. In the world of Mechanical Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $28K and $70K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While nearly one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,434 - $73,561
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,895
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90%

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$12.78 - $29.40
(Median)
$13
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,434 - $73,561  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,000  
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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$28,330 - $70,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.78 - $29.40  
   
Overtime
$17.92 - $44.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,000  
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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$28,330 - $70,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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 $41K a year.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Technician


Mechanical Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hydraulics, Heavy Equipment Repair, Systems Troubleshooting, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Machine Operation and Equipment Maintenance. It is often found that people who know Electronic Troubleshooting are also skilled in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Technician

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $48K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Mechanical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Mechanical Technicians who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $52K.

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Experience Affects Mechanical Technician Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Technician Salaries

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 16%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 11%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 8%

up arrow 5%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Equipment Maintenance
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Machine Operation
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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