Amen to 'Bama's comments.

If your are both a competent technician and a degreed engineer and get in over 30 years experience, $100K a year is on the low end.

There are a lot of 30 year experienced engineers I know that would have no idea how often to change the oil on a vacuum pump -- thus, make only $60k a year - they get to write specifications and push only paper. The 55 YO+ engineers I am acquainted with that know how to hook everything up plus the theory are the $150K/year plus guys that got to design the space station.