Bench Technician Salary
Men account for the majority of Bench Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.51 per hour. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Bench Technicians is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Bench Technician
Bench technicians usually assemble electronic parts, such as circuits and wires. In some jobs, they do not work with new electronics, but instead repair electronics that have been sent for repair. Other positions focus mainly on calibrating and performing tests on electronic parts, which may be done both in a manual and semi-automated manner, and machine-learning may also be carried out to maximize efficiency.Read More...
Strong hand-eye coordination is valuable in this position, as sometimes small parts are placed manually with tweezers, picks, vacuum pencils, and even microscopes while other parts may need to be soldered. Bench technicians should be able to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, and diagrams in order to carry out tasks, and some jobs also require the download and installation of related software. Equipment used on the job should also be maintained, such as in cleaning and lubricating parts and performing other preventive maintenance.
Record-keeping and computer skills are important in this position, as bench technicians must record performance data and maintenance/repair logs. Success on the job is often judged by volume and quality of output, so it's important to be able to work efficiently in an independent manner, and some technicians work directly with clients, so strong customer service skills are also important. An associate's degree related to electronics may be a minimum requirement for this position, though some jobs offer thorough on-the-job training in place of a degree.
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Pay by Experience Level for Bench Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $34K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $35K. Bench Technicians see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Bench Technicians who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $44K.