Electrical Test Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electrical Test Engineers earn an average of $69K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K each, total incomes of Electrical Test Engineers generally range from $50K to $99K depending on individual performance. Most Electrical Test Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority.

$50,074 - $96,501

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$19.00 - $44.30

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$50,074 - $96,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,299  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $6,332  
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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$49,862 - $99,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $44.30  
   
Overtime
$21.30 - $64.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,299  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $6,332  
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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$49,862 - $99,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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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While not commonly seen, Electrical Test Engineers who transition into a Senior Electrical Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Electrical Engineers is $95K per year. The most common career progression for Electrical Test Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Test Engineer, where average pay is $86K annually. However, many Electrical Test Engineers also opt to become Electrical Design Engineers. Typically, an Electrical Design Engineer brings home $67K.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Test Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in C++, Project Management, Labview, and Test Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Matlab, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $63K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $76K. Electrical Test Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $82K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Electrical Test Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%



National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Electrical Test Engineer Salaries

C++
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Labview
up arrow 1%

Test Engineering
0%

National Average
$70,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

C
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Matlab
up arrow 5%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 9%
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