Hydraulic service technicians are workers who service and repair hydraulic systems, and are listed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as mobile heavy equipment mechanics who work on systems other than engines. The pay scale and average salary for hydraulic service technicians varies by location and by industry of employment.
The average annual salary for a hydraulic service technician was $46,140, representing an average hourly wage of $22.18, according to BLS data for 2010. The lowest-paid 10 percent of technicians working were paid $29,710 or less per year, while the highest-paid 10 percent reported average annual earnings in excess of $64,850. Half of technicians working made between $36,040 and $54,420 per year.
Pay by Employment Sector
The highest-paid hydraulic technicians by industry sector were employed in the water transportation industry and earned an average annual salary of $63,580 as of May 2010. Technicians working for local governments made an average of $49,320 per year, while those working for the federal government earned an average of $51,640 per year. Hydraulic technicians employed in the coal mining industry reported an average annual salary of $47,270, while those engaged in metal ore mining earned $51,580 per year on average.
Pay Scale by State
When statistics for 2010 were compiled by state, BLS reported that the highest-paid technicians worked in Alaska and earned an average annual salary of $63,650. Those working in Hawaii earned an average of $62,010 per year, technicians in Nevada earned $58,570 per year on average, and California's hydraulic technicians reported average annual earnings of $55,650. Technicians working in Nebraska reported the lowest pay by state, earning an average of $37,770.
Pay by Geographic Area
In general, hydraulic technicians working in rural areas tend to be paid less than those in metropolitan areas. Fairbanks, Alaska was the top-paying metropolitan area for this occupation as of May 2010; workers in the area reported an average annual salary of $71,480. Those in nearby Anchorage, Alaska reported average earnings of $67,340 per year, the second-highest earnings of any metropolitan area. The highest-paying nonmetropolitan areas for hydraulic service technicians were southeast Alaska, with an average of $68,720, and west central North Dakota, where technicians earned an average of $62,050.