A sizeable majority of Mechanical Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.15 per hour. Total cash compensation for Mechanical Technicians runs from $29K to $70K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Most Mechanical Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,479 - $73,035
$30K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,537
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$13.06 - $29.23
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MEDIAN: $20.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,479 - $73,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,846  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,219  
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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$28,813 - $69,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $29.23  
   
Overtime
$18.49 - $42.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,846  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,219  
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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$28,813 - $69,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 261

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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

  • Check components and replace worn or damaged parts.
  • Follow procedures and complete paperwork.
  • Complete turnaround and service of equipment.

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Technician


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Although many Mechanical Technicians transition into Diesel Mechanic roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $41K.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Technician


Survey results suggest that Mechanical Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hydraulics, Heavy Equipment Repair, Welding, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Those listing Mechanical Tool Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Machine Operation and Equipment Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. Mechanical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. For some reason, Mechanical Technicians with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $52K.

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Key Stats for Mechanical Technician

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
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Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Mechanical Technician Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Technician Salaries

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 15%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 13%

up arrow 7%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%


National Average
$46,000


Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 6%

Machine Operation
up arrow 15%

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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