Senior Engineering Technician Salary (United States)

Senior Engineering Technicians in the United States typically take home $25.79 per hour. Total cash compensation runs from $43,696 to $88,354, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $9,263 and profit sharing that reaches $5,201. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a majority earn vision coverage. Male Senior Engineering Technicians far outnumber their female counterparys in the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$43,696 - $88,354
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MEDIAN: $62,031
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Senior Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$18.69 - $35.08
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,696 - $88,354  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,263  
Profit Sharing
$508 - $5,201  
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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$41,770 - $86,648  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 421
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.69 - $35.08  
   
Overtime
$26.94 - $53.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,263  
   
Profit Sharing
$508 - $5,201  
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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$41,770 - $86,648  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 520
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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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Though unusual, some Senior Engineering Technicians transition into jobs as Project Engineers, earning an additional $6,908 per year. Given the $16,331 drop in salary, it may be surprising to find that a Civil Engineering Technician is the most common role for Senior Engineering Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Electrical Engineer role—which pays $6,367 more—is also typical for Senior Engineering Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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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, Technical Analysis, Troubleshooting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), Engineering Design, 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Salary growth can be slow for Senior Engineering Technicians who are just starting out. During their first decade on the job, pay typically only increases from $50K to $55K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $60K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Senior Engineering Technicians after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $67K. The largest number of Senior Engineering Technicians have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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For Senior Engineering Technicians, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Oklahoma City, Denver, and San Diego, where Senior Engineering Technicians annually earn 33 percent, 23 percent, 17 percent, and 12 percent more than the national average. Senior Engineering Technicians in El Paso report much lower salaries than the rest of the country—43 percent below the national average—proving that residency is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Kansas City (-19 percent and -15 percent, 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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Microsoft Excel
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$61,000
Project Management
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Test Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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