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Senior Engineering Technician Salary (United States)

A typical Senior Engineering Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $25.79 per hour. Total cash compensation to Senior Engineering Technicians approaches anywhere from $42K on the lower end to $87K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $9K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Senior Engineering Technicians — 89 percent to be exact. Most Senior Engineering Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Senior Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$43,696 - $88,354
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MEDIAN: $62,031
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Senior Engineering Technician Salary (?
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$18.69 - $35.08
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,696 - $88,354  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,263  
Profit Sharing
$508 - $5,201  
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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$41,770 - $86,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 421
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.69 - $35.08  
   
Overtime
$26.94 - $53.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,263  
   
Profit Sharing
$508 - $5,201  
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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$41,770 - $86,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 520
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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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Most Senior Engineering Technicians do not go on to assume a Project Engineer role (where typical pay is $67K) but some have been known to make the move. Senior Engineering Technicians go on to become Civil Engineering Technicians more often than anything even though typical pay for the role is $44K. Senior Engineering Technicians who move into an Electrical Engineer role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $67K.

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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 Data Analysis, Technical Analysis, Troubleshooting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Drafting & Design , Engineering Design, and Test Automation. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of 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. Senior Engineering Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. 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. The majority of Senior Engineering Technicians have only more than 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with one to 10 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$61,000
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Surpassing the national average by 53 percent, Senior Engineering Technicians in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, Oklahoma City, Denver, and San Diego, where Senior Engineering Technicians typically earn around 33 percent, 23 percent, 17 percent, and 12 percent more than usual. 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. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Kansas City (19 percent lower and 15 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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Microsoft Excel
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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$61,000
Project Management
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Test Engineering
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Test Automation
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%