Senior Engineering Technician Salary

The average Senior Engineering Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $26.17 per hour. Total cash compensation for Senior Engineering Technicians runs from $43K to $88K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Senior Engineering Technicians are male. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$44,589 - $90,405
(Median)
$45K
$63K
$90K
MEDIAN: $62,999
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$19.14 - $35.75
(Median)
$19
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary 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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,589 - $90,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,674  
Profit Sharing
$499.17 - $5,817  
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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$42,540 - $88,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 454
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.14 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$28.17 - $52.78  
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 - $9,674  
   
Profit Sharing
$499.17 - $5,817  
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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$42,540 - $88,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 544
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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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Senior Engineering Technicians' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Electrical Engineer. On average, Electrical Engineers get paid about the same as Senior Engineering Technicians do. The most common promotion for Senior Engineering Technicians is a Civil Engineering Technician position, which usually brings in $44K a year. Another standard transition for Senior Engineering Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Project Engineer role, where pay is often $67K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Engineering Technician


Senior Engineering Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Test Engineering and Test Automation. 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $59K. Senior Engineering Technicians bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $67K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Senior Engineering Technicians in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+28 percent), Oklahoma City (+23 percent), Denver (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Senior Engineering Technicians in El Paso take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 43 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Kansas City (21 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Engineering Technician Salaries


National Average
$62,000




Skills That Affect Senior Engineering Technician Salaries

Data Analysis
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$62,000

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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 247 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%
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