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Test Technician Salary (United States)

Earnings for Test Technicians in the United States typically come in at around $18.23 per hour. In the world of Test Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $11K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $61K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Test Technicians is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Test Technician Salary (?
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$30,200 - $66,397
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MEDIAN: $43,154
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Test Technician Salary (?
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$12.79 - $25.45
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,200 - $66,397  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,507  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $10,926  
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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$28,525 - $60,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.79 - $25.45  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $39.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,507  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $10,926  
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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$28,525 - $60,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 418
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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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While Test Technicians do not often become Test Engineers, the job usually pays $65K per year.

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Popular Skills for Test Technician

Test Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in System Testing, Test Engineering, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 11 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $37K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $41K. Test Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Test Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $53K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one in eight.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$42,000
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For Test Technicians, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Test Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+19 percent) and Houston (+7 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries

System Testing
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%