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Senior Engineering Technician Salary

The average Senior Engineering Technician in the United States earns approximately $25.81 per hour. Cash earnings for Senior Engineering Technicians — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $42K to approximately $88K. Geographic location and career length 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. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men account for the majority of Senior Engineering Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 89 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,223 - $89,581
(Median)
$44K
$63K
$90K
MEDIAN: $62,533
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$18.82 - $35.39
(Median)
$19
$26
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,223 - $89,581  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,816  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,918  
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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$42,129 - $87,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 443
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.82 - $35.39  
   
Overtime
$27.04 - $52.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,816  
   
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,918  
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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$42,129 - $87,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 521

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Job Description for Senior Engineering Technician

A senior engineering technician applies the technical principles of engineering to develop a project or product. A senior engineering technician typically works in construction, the semi-conductor industry, or in manufacturing.

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Senior Engineering Technician Tasks

  • Write reports to inform project leaders about risks, costs, and deliverables.
  • Assist engineers with construction, assembly, and design calculations during projects.
  • Identify compliance, calibration, and specification issues with an eye for technical accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Supervise processes to increase quality and efficiency.

Common Career Paths for Senior Engineering Technician


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For Senior Engineering Technicians, advancing into a Project Engineer role, for which the median salary is $67K, is not common but it does happen. Going from Senior Engineering Technician to Civil Engineering Technician is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Civil Engineering Technicians is $44K. Many others choose to work as Electrical Engineers, where pay is typically $67K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Engineering Technician


Survey results imply that Senior Engineering Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Test Engineering, Test Automation, and Engineering Design. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Troubleshooting and Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Engineering Technician

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


For many Senior Engineering Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $57K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Senior Engineering Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $68K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Engineering Technicians, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+24 percent), San Jose (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+18 percent), and Denver (+16 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Senior Engineering Technician's salary, with Greensboro Senior Engineering Technicians earning salaries that are 24 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cleveland and Kansas City (19 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Engineering Technician Salaries


National Average
$61,000




Skills That Affect Senior Engineering Technician Salaries


Troubleshooting
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Technical Analysis
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$61,000

Microsoft Excel
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Labview
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Test Automation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%