Senior Engineering Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $26.79 per hour. Total cash compensation to Senior Engineering Technicians approaches anywhere from $45K on the lower end to $88K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Senior Engineering Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$45,329 - $89,261
$45K
$62K
$89K
MEDIAN: $61,918
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$18.85 - $36.81
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MEDIAN: $26.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,329 - $89,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,796  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,217  
Total Pay (?
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$44,826 - $88,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 250
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.85 - $36.81  
   
Overtime
$26.18 - $50.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,796  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,217  
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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$44,826 - $88,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 307

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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

  • Identify compliance, calibration, and specification issues with an eye for technical accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Supervise processes to increase quality and efficiency.
  • Write reports to inform project leaders about risks, costs, and deliverables.
  • Assist engineers with construction, assembly, and design calculations during projects.

Common Career Paths for Senior Engineering Technician


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For Senior Engineering Technicians who go on to become Construction Project Managers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Construction Project Manager earns $70K annually. The most common promotion for Senior Engineering Technicians is a Civil Engineering Technician position, which usually brings in $45K a year. Another standard transition for Senior Engineering Technicians seeking advancement is to assume an Electrical Engineer role, where pay is often $69K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Engineering Technician


Survey results imply that Senior Engineering Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Data Analysis, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Test Engineering and Technical Analysis. For most people, competency in Technical Analysis indicates knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting.

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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $57K. Senior Engineering Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $62K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Senior Engineering Technicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,492

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

For Senior Engineering Technicians, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Engineering Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and Santa Clara (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, El Paso Senior Engineering Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 43 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Greensboro (25 percent lower) and Cleveland (19 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior Engineering Technician

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Senior Engineering Technician Salaries



National Average
$61,000



Skills That Affect Senior Engineering Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
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$61,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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