Wind Turbine Service Technician Salary

wind-turbine-technician-salary-chart.jpgA technician is required to inspect, adjust, diagnose and, or repair wind turbines. This job deals with maintaining the electrical, hydraulic and mechanical functions of wind turbine equipment.Tasks involved include:
- Diagnosing generator and control system related problems.
- Climbing towers to inspect repair or maintain wind turbines.
- Testing the electrical components of the wind systems.
- Troubleshooting problems for proper operations.
- Maintaining inventories required for the service.
- Performing routine maintenance on the wind turbine.
- Collecting data for both testing and research.

Salary Data

Nationally, there are 3,200 individuals employed in this career. The mean annual wage is $48,320, or $23.23 an hour. The bottom 10% earns up to $33,170. The middle 50% earns $45,970, and the top 10% earns at least $66,960.

Industrial Profile

There are industries in the US with high number of employees as discussed. Electrical Generation, Transmission and Distribution top the list. It has employed 940 technicians. It is followed closely at 910 employed by the Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment industry. The top paying Industry is Architectural, Engineering and Related Services at $52,490, followed at $52,230 by the Local Government. Machinery, Equipment and Supplies comes third with a salary of $50,900.

Geographics

Texas is the leading state with 1,170 employed followed by Iowa and Colorado, both at 310 technicians. California and Minnesota has 280 and 250 employed respectively.

The top paying states are Kansas, North Dakota, and California with averages at $56,200, $53,130, and $52,050 respectively.

Job Outlook

The employment of wind turbine service technicians is expected to increase 24% from 2012-2022, which is much faster than average.

Wind Turbine Service Technician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
California $36,250 $50,000 $69,940 $52,050
Colorado $40,300 $48,640 $60,160 $49,330
Illinois $34,200 $51,370 $70,360 $51,110
Indiana $32,240 $38,470 $48,180 $40,140
Iowa $34,390 $43,580 $57,000 $44,350
Kansas $43,850 $56,010 $71,250 $56,200
Minnesota $28,660 $38,910 $54,640 $40,100
New York $32,650 $42,140 $56,470 $43,620
North Dakota $35,000 $53,870 $68,550 $53,130
Oklahoma $20,100 $43,370 $82,750 $46,750
Oregon $33,510 $43,850 $60,170 $45,430
Texas $34,080 $45,820 $74,220 $50,410
Washington $42,050 $50,970 $59,930 $50,860
Wyoming $31,700 $37,680 $68,100 $44,250