Male Senior Engineering Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $26.74 per hour in the United States. In the world of Senior Engineering Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $44K and $88K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $8K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Senior Engineering Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$45,776 - $89,849
(Median)
$46K
$62K
$90K
MEDIAN: $62,495
10%
50%
90%

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$18.40 - $36.72
(Median)
$18
$27
$37
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,776 - $89,849  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,139  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,149  
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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$44,288 - $87,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.40 - $36.72  
   
Overtime
$26.41 - $50.93  
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 - $7,139  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,149  
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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$44,288 - $87,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 328
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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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As Senior Engineering Technicians make advancements in their career path to positions such as Construction Project Manager, their salaries may climb. Construction Project Managers make $70K annually on average. More often than not, a Civil Engineering Technician role is the next step for Senior Engineering Technicians moving up in the field. Pay for Civil Engineering Technicians is usually $45K. Many Senior Engineering Technicians choose to take on an Electrical Engineer role instead, where salaries are typically $69K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Engineering Technician


Survey takers working as Senior Engineering Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Data Analysis, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management, Test Engineering, and Technical Analysis. Most people familiar with Technical Analysis also know Electronic Troubleshooting.

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 for the relatively untried average out to around $52K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $59K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Engineering Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,595

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

For Senior Engineering Technicians, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Senior Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+38 percent), Houston (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Engineering Technicians in El Paso earning a whopping 44 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Greensboro (25 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (21 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Engineering Technician Salaries



National Average
$62,000



Skills That Affect Senior Engineering Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 10%

Data Analysis
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$62,000

Labview
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Autocad Civil 3D
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Technical Analysis
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Test Automation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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