Senior Engineering Technician Salary

The average Senior Engineering Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $26.22 per hour. Total cash compensation to Senior Engineering Technicians approaches anywhere from $43K on the lower end to $88K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $9K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Senior Engineering Technicians who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 87 percent. Job satisfaction for Senior Engineering Technicians is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,830 - $91,499
(Median)
$45K
$62K
$91K
MEDIAN: $62,439
10%
50%
90%

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$18.96 - $36.08
(Median)
$19
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,830 - $91,499  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,437  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,600  
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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$42,766 - $87,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 487
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.96 - $36.08  
   
Overtime
$27.30 - $52.22  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,437  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,600  
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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$42,766 - $87,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 583
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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 who go on to become Electrical Engineers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, an Electrical Engineer earns $68K annually. 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 results imply that Senior Engineering Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Data Analysis, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Test Engineering and Project Management. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to 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.


Senior Engineering Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $52K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $59K. Senior Engineering Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $67K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,488

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Engineering Technicians, 42 percent higher than the national average. Senior Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+29 percent), Oklahoma City (+25 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and Denver (+15 percent). Senior Engineering Technicians in El Paso report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 43 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (21 percent less) and Kansas City (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Engineering Technician Salaries


National Average
$61,000




Skills That Affect Senior Engineering Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 15%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$61,000

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
up arrow 2%

Labview
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Engineering Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 257 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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