Engineering Technician Salary
|Salary||$37,602 - $77,837|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,812|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $7,263|
|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).)
|$33,915 - $74,419|
|Hourly Rate||$14.85 - $31.25|
|Overtime||$21.41 - $46.39|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,812|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $7,263|
|Total Pay (||$33,915 - $74,419|
Job Description for Engineering Technician
An engineering technician's primary task is assisting engineers or scientists, with specific duties usually depending on the technician's field of specialization. Engineering technicians primarily play three roles: support, diagnostics, and maintenance. However, the actual requirements and duties vary widely and include creative tasks such as aiding in product or tool design. Other duties may include maintaining assembly or manufacturing systems, assessing and controlling production quality, diagnosing flaws, and conducting repairs.Read More...
As most engineering jobs are team-oriented, good communications skills and teamwork are a necessity. An engineering technician must possess strong analytical skills and have an eye for detail, as well as be able to act decisively and independently when circumstances warrant it. Some level of physical fitness is also a requirement in fields that focus on large machinery and/or otherwise demand lifting. Hours can vary and are not consistent across the field; certain projects may require off-site work, and deadlines may demand longer workdays.
In most cases, employers prefer that applicants possess a college degree or another accredited form of training in a field relevant to the industry. However, some employers will hire applicants with sufficient previous job experience in engineering. As the majority of engineering jobs rely heavily on computers, experience with basic computer functions is a must; the more experience with technical writing, computer-aided design, drafting and office software, the better. Engineering technician jobs often require proficiency in high-level mathematics, with emphasis on calculus. Strong emphasis is also placed upon scientific training, particularly in physics. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Engineering Technician Tasks
- Maintain equipment, including ordering parts and directing or performing preventative and repair maintenance as needed.
- Maintain logs and write reports of activity results and equipment maintenance.
- Create and review technical drawings, blueprints, schematics or specifications.
- Operate instruments, track test results, and troubleshoot when problems arise.
Common Career Paths for Engineering Technician
Engineering Technicians who transition into a Process Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $72K per year. The most common next step for an Engineering Technician is to become a Senior Engineering Technician or a Civil Engineer. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Engineering Technician
Intel Corporation, Tesla Motors, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and BAE Systems Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Engineering Technicians. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. offers the most; Engineering Technicians earn $86K on average there. Other big spenders include Tesla Motors, Intel Corporation, and Medtronic, Inc., top-paying firms where Engineering Technicians see paychecks nearing $77K, $73K, or $73K.
With a reported median salary of only $47K, BAE Systems Inc. easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are about half the top paying employer's rate. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Cree, Inc., and Black and Veatch also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $50K, $50K, and $51K-paychecks on average.
Popular Skills for Engineering Technician
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, Data Analysis, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and autodesk autocad. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Test Engineering and Electronic Troubleshooting. Skill sets containing Microsoft Office also tend to include Electronic Troubleshooting.
Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Technician
Pay by Experience for an Engineering Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Engineering Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 1,667 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Engineering Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 977 salaries. An experienced Engineering Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 903 salaries. An Engineering Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 564 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Engineering Technicians will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Engineering Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Portland (+19 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Atlanta and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.
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