Test Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Test Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.13 per hour. Final cash compensation to Test Technicians varies from around $30K to approximately $62K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $6K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,351 - $63,972
$33K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $46,309
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50%
90%

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$13.67 - $26.88
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.13
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,351 - $63,972  
   
Bonus
$406.45 - $5,020  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $6,000  
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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$30,283 - $61,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.67 - $26.88  
   
Overtime
$20.25 - $40.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$406.45 - $5,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $6,000  
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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$30,283 - $61,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 454

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Test Technician


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Advancing into a Test Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Test Technicians, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $67K per year. Going from Test Technician to Engineering Technician is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $48K. Many others choose to work as Electrical Test Technicians, where pay is typically $41K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Test Technician


Those at Varian Medical Systems, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $67K.

Popular Skills for Test Technician


Test Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Test Planning, Test Engineering, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Industrial Hydraulics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Most people familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $46K. Test Technicians bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,588

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Test Technicians, busy Palo Alto offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Test Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+44 percent), San Jose (+27 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), and Portland (+14 percent). Test Technicians in Akron earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (5 percent lower) and Peoria (3 percent lower).

Test Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Test Technician?

Test Technician in Albuquerque:
"I love what I do it's always been a passion."
Pros: Learning to troubleshoot and the challenge of working on things that I never seen before.
Cons: The way the company treats employees. How safety is not a priority.

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Key Stats for Test Technician

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries

▲23%

▲22%

▲5%

National Average
$44,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries

Test Planning
▲13%




Industrial Hydraulics
▲3%

Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$44,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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