Senior Engineering Technician Salary

The average Senior Engineering Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $26.08 per hour. Total cash compensation for Senior Engineering Technicians runs from $42K to $88K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Senior Engineering Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Senior Engineering Technicians who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 88 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,553 - $90,503
(Median)
$45K
$63K
$91K
MEDIAN: $62,946
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$19.04 - $35.74
(Median)
$19
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
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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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,553 - $90,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,704  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $5,872  
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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$42,453 - $88,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 451
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.04 - $35.74  
   
Overtime
$28.25 - $52.84  
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 - $9,704  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $5,872  
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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$42,453 - $88,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 536
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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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Senior Engineering Technicians sometimes move into a Electrical Engineer role, where the salary is similar. More often than not, a Civil Engineering Technician role is the next step for Senior Engineering Technicians moving up in the field. Pay for Civil Engineering Technicians is usually $44K. Many Senior Engineering Technicians choose to take on a Project Engineer role instead, where salaries are typically $67K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Engineering Technician


Senior Engineering Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Test Engineering and Test Automation. 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 Senior Engineering Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $50K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $59K. On average, Senior Engineering Technicians make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $68K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Engineering Technicians will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 46 percent. Senior Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+28 percent), Oklahoma City (+23 percent), Denver (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Senior Engineering Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Senior Engineering Technicians in El Paso bring in salaries that are 43 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Kansas City (21 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Engineering Technician Salaries


National Average
$62,000




Skills That Affect Senior Engineering Technician Salaries

Data Analysis
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Technical Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$62,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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