Senior Engineering Technician Salary

Senior Engineering Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $26.22 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $9K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Senior Engineering Technicians spread between $43K and $88K depending on individual performance. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Engineering Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Senior Engineering Technicians who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 87 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$44,830 - $91,499
(Median)
$45K
$62K
$91K
MEDIAN: $62,439
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$18.96 - $36.08
(Median)
$19
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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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Senior Engineering Technicians who transition into new roles such as Electrical Engineer may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Electrical Engineer earns $68K per year. As Senior Engineering Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Civil Engineering Technicians. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $44K. Another common career choice for Senior Engineering Technicians is to move into a Project Engineer role — this promotion usually pays $67K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Engineering Technician


Senior Engineering Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Data Analysis, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Test Engineering and Project Management. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $52K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $59K. For Senior Engineering Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary 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.

Senior Engineering Technicians will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. 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. 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
$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
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Technical Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$61,000

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

Autocad Civil 3D
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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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