What does a Technician do?

Technicians are skilled professionals that are employed in almost every industry. They are called upon to repair, install, replace, and provide services for various systems and equipment. They are proficient in the relevant skills and techniques necessary for the field where they work, which includes the automotive, maintenance, HVAC, and pharmacy sectors.

Technicians inspect, analyze, and troubleshoot client systems and equipment. They run tests and interpret the results to make the effective recommendations to fix faulty or broken equipment. When necessary during repairs, they will source replacement parts and negotiate costs with suppliers and clients. They will repair and replace faulty equipment and provide time and material cost estimates before they start a job. Some technicians write reports, safety regulations, and preventative maintenance plans. Technicians need a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in their related field, and some employers require further specialty and certification.

EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$50,830 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$34K
Median: $51K
$76K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Technician Career Path

Learn how to become a Technician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Technician
$50,830/yr
L3
L4
Technician Iv
$66,747/yr
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Technician Insights

Read what Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Sole Source MedicalSole Source Medical
Technician
Jan. 22, 2021

“The pay is awesome and well worth it and it’s a bonus that we get to travel!”

Infinity BiologiX
Extractions Technician
May 3, 2021

“I got a job there when I really needed one and the pay was decent but not great”

Mount Sinai Health SystemMount Sinai Health System
Opthallmic Technician
Aug. 8, 2019

“one doctor was terrible and everyone else was great so it really depends who you work with.”

WeConnectWeConnect
Enterprise Technician
Jun. 2, 2019

“Pay is reasonable but not a career as raises dont happen and what you get is tough to live on.”

Orange Unified School DistrictOrange Unified School District
Career Guidance Technician
Mar. 22, 2021

“High turnover rate for this position because it's a bit underpaid for what's on your plate”

Chesaco RVChesaco RV
Technician
Jul. 26, 2021

“The people I work with are great we all get along and do our best to make the customer happy.”

EnterpriseEnterprise
Technician
Oct. 7, 2021

“A tech named mark was lazy and didn't do any work and forced everyone else to work.”

University of New HampshireUniversity of New Hampshire
Greenhouse Technician
Nov. 17, 2020

“UNH is a great place to work with so many opportunities to grow and develop new skills and career paths.”

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Technician Interviews

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