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Senior Engineering Technician Salary (United States)

Senior Engineering Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $25.74 per hour on average. Total incomes of Senior Engineering Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $42K and $87K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Senior Engineering Technicians are male. For the most part, Senior Engineering Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Senior Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$43,751 - $88,513
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MEDIAN: $62,158
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Senior Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$18.77 - $35.03
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,751 - $88,513  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,703  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $5,336  
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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$41,858 - $86,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 422
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.77 - $35.03  
   
Overtime
$26.85 - $53.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,703  
   
Profit Sharing
$513 - $5,336  
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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$41,858 - $86,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 522
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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, where the median salary is $67K, is not typical but is also not out of the question. A Civil Engineering Technician role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Engineering Technicians. Paychecks for that role are $44K on average. The Electrical Engineer position is another common transition for Senior Engineering Technicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $67K mark.

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Popular Skills for Senior Engineering Technician

Senior Engineering Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Technical Analysis, Troubleshooting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Test Automation, and Engineering Design. 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.
For many Senior Engineering Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $50K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $55K. On average, Senior Engineering Technicians make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $67K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$61,000
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Cleveland
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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Engineering Technicians, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 51 percent above the national average. Senior Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+22 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), Denver (+14 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Senior Engineering Technicians in El Paso report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 44 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Greensboro and Cleveland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 19 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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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$61,000
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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
12%
female alumni
 
Male
88%
male alumni

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: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%