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Senior Engineering Technician Salary

Senior Engineering Technicians in the United States take home approximately $26.01 per hour on average. In the world of Senior Engineering Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $42K and $88K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority (89 percent) of Senior Engineering Technicians who answered the questionnaire are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$44,282 - $89,762
(Median)
$44K
$62K
$90K
MEDIAN: $62,471
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$19.05 - $35.53
(Median)
$19
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,282 - $89,762  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,751  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,960  
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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$42,198 - $87,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 450
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.05 - $35.53  
   
Overtime
$27.89 - $52.86  
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 - $9,751  
   
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,960  
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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$42,198 - $87,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 525

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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Senior Engineering Technicians who move on to become Electrical Engineers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $67K. The most common career progression for Senior Engineering Technicians leads to becoming a Civil Engineering Technician, where pay is typically $44K. However, many Senior Engineering Technicians also opt to become Project Engineers, a position that pays $67K on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Engineering Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Test Engineering, Test Automation, and Engineering Design. Most people familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also know 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $58K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Engineering Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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


With a pay rate for Senior Engineering Technicians that is 47 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+23 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), Denver (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+14 percent). Senior Engineering Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Senior Engineering Technicians in Greensboro bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average. Cleveland and Kansas City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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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Autocad Civil 3D
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Labview
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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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Test Automation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 250 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: 8%
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