Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design, assemble and test a range of electronic devices, from medical devices to computers. This career usually requires an associate degree. According to the AFL-CIO Department for Professional Employees, 16.3 percent of engineering technicians were women as of 2011, a 3.1 increase from 2010.
National Average Pay
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates for May 2012, electronics engineering technicians working in the United States earned an average wage of $27.92 an hour and an average annual salary of $58,070. Half of all electronics engineering technicians working in the United States earned an average salary ranging from $44,490 to $69,570, while the highest-paid 10 percent made $83,120 or more annually.
Pay by Area
The District of Columbia reported the highest average pay for electronics engineering technicians in 2012, $73,390 per year. Hawaii ranked second with an average salary of $70,710, followed by Alaska at $70,460. Maryland was the fourth-highest paying state, with an average salary of $69,760. The single highest-paying area in the country was St. Mary's County in Maryland, where the average pay for electronic engineering technicians was $85,320. Electronics engineers working in South Dakota reported the lowest average salary by state, $41,070.
Pay by Industry
Electronics engineering technicians work in a wide array of industries, and also report a wide variety of average salaries. Those employed directly by the federal government earned the most as of 2012, an average of $77,770 per year. High average pay was also reported in the natural gas distribution ($73,400) and oil and gas extraction ($73,150) industries. Architectural and engineering firms, the largest single employer of electronics engineering technicians, paid an average of $57,780. Those employed by semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers earned an average of $53,620 per year.
The job outlook for aspiring electronics engineering technicians is relatively neutral. While the bureau did not expect that positions would be lost over the decade, what little growth was expected will occur slowly, at a rate of about 2 percent. This would result in only about 2,900 new positions between 2010 and 2020. This slow growth is due to the nationwide slowdown in manufacturing industries, in which many electronics engineering technicians are employed. The bureau expects engineering techs looking for work to have the best employment prospects with private architectural and engineering firms.
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