Test Technician Salary

Test Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.69 per hour. In the world of Test Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $63K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$32,027 - $65,218
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $45,126
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$13.06 - $26.59
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,027 - $65,218  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,143  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $10,304  
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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$29,367 - $62,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $26.59  
   
Overtime
$18.75 - $40.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,143  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $10,304  
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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$29,367 - $62,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 618
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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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Test Technicians might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Test Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $66K per year. A Test Technician may also move into a role as an Electronics Technician or an Engineering Technician.

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Popular Skills for Test Technician


Test Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Engineering, System Testing, Industrial Hydraulics, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $38K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. On average, Test Technicians make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Test Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $54K on average.

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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries



Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 5%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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