Senior Engineering Technician Salary (United States)

Senior Engineering Technicians in the United States can typically expect wages of $25.79 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Almost all workers enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Senior Engineering Technicians are largely men, dominating the profession at 89 percent. The majority of Senior Engineering Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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  
PayScale
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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It is unusual to find Senior Engineering Technicians who move into roles like Project Engineers—which offer an extra $6,908—but some manage to complete the transition. A Civil Engineering Technician role is the most common promotion for Senior Engineering Technicians moving up the ladder. Unfortunately, pay drops by $16,331 upon moving into this role. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Engineering Technicians is an Electrical Engineer position, where earnings go up by $6,367.

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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 (CADD), Engineering Design, and Test Automation. The majority of those who know 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.
Senior Engineering Technicians do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $50K to $55K after five to 10 years in the field. Salary comes to $60K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Senior Engineering Technicians tend to earn $67K at this point in time. 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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Senior Engineering Technicians will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 53 percent. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Oklahoma City, Denver, and San Diego, where Senior Engineering Technicians annually earn 33 percent, 23 percent, 17 percent, and 12 percent more than the national average. 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. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (-19 percent) and Kansas City (-15 percent).

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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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National Average
$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%
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