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Test Technician Salary

Median pay for Test Technicians in the United States is around $18.56 per hour. Total cash compensation for Test Technicians runs from $29K to $62K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $11K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Test Technicians. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,483 - $64,459
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$64K
MEDIAN: $44,439
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50%
90%

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$12.95 - $26.04
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,483 - $64,459  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
Profit Sharing
$482.88 - $10,766  
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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$29,067 - $61,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $26.04  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $40.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$482.88 - $10,766  
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).
)
$29,067 - $61,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 506

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Job Description for Test Technician

A test technician helps perform key diagnostic and quality tests on their company's products. On an average day, test technicians may respond to error messages, gather data for reports, and perform other routine quality-control tasks, depending on their workplace's needs. Since they often work in a manufacturing setting, some physical labor may be required for installing testing hardware, measuring data, and light product-fabrication work. However, the core of their job is running diagnostic tests and performing routine troubleshooting of system issues. This may require the ability to interpret complex documents such as technical schematics and follow precise instructions well.

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Test Technician Tasks

  • Coordinate with development engineers in debugging and troubleshooting problems.
  • Document test results and provide reports.
  • Run tests, develop, and maintain scripts to build and automate hardware.

Common Career Paths for Test Technician


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Many Test Technicians move into a Test Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $66K per year.

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Popular Skills for Test Technician


Test Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in System Testing, Test Engineering, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know Test Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Test Technician

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


For Test Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $38K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $42K. Test Technicians see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $54K.

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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries




Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 14%