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Mechanical Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Mechanical Technicians earn an average of $19.76 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$34,429 - $72,722
(Median)
$34K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,311
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$13.30 - $29.72
(Median)
$13
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,429 - $72,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,074  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $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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$30,335 - $68,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.30 - $29.72  
   
Overtime
$17.94 - $43.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $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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$30,335 - $68,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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

  • 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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Although many Mechanical Technicians transition into Diesel Mechanic roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $40K.

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Mechanical Technicians report using a wide range 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, 14 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Many workers who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Welding.

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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $41K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $44K. Mechanical Technicians see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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 14%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 12%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 10%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Welding
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%
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