Electrical Test Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electrical Test Engineers earn an average of $70K annually. Overall cash earnings for Electrical Test Engineers vary widely between $51K and $102K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. For the most part, Electrical Test Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part.

$52,978 - $96,938
(Median)
$53K
$70K
$97K
MEDIAN: $70,122
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90%

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$19.38 - $45.61
(Median)
$19
$28
$46
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,978 - $96,938  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,086  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $6,285  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$51,458 - $101,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.38 - $45.61  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $64.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,086  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $6,285  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$51,458 - $101,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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Job Description for Electrical Test Engineer

Electrical test engineers work on products that require electronic components to function. They test and approve or disapprove products' electrical systems, and they oversee the conversion when their company wants to replace old electric systems. Their other duties include designing reliable product tests, checking product wiring and validating functionality of new electric operations. When they finish testing the products, they create reports and product designs; they usually submit these reports and/or designs to project managers. In addition to testing product designs, they are also involved in final installation of the electrical system. They usually work in conjunction with software engineers, system engineers, products managers and others within their company.

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Electrical Test Engineer Tasks

  • Inspects design projects to ensure conformance with test requirements and specifications.
  • Provide testability analysis and recommendation for project requirements.
  • Supervises and trains project staff as needed.
  • Develop test requirements, specifications and systems, validation plans, reports and test procedures.

Common Career Paths for Electrical Test Engineer


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Though some Electrical Test Engineers move into positions like Senior Electrical Engineer (where the average salary is $96K), this progression is not the norm. The most common career progression for Electrical Test Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Test Engineer, where average pay is $87K annually. However, many Electrical Test Engineers also opt to become Electrical Design Engineers. Typically, an Electrical Design Engineer brings home $68K.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Test Engineer


Survey results suggest that Electrical Test Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in C++, Labview, Test Engineering, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use and C. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Test Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $66K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $77K. On average, Electrical Test Engineers make $85K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $82K on average.

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Experience Affects Electrical Test Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%



National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Electrical Test Engineer Salaries

C++
up arrow 4%

Test Engineering
up arrow 2%

Labview
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$71,000

Matlab
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

C
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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