Test Technician Salary (United States)

Salaries for Test Technicians in the United States sit in the ballpark of $18.23 per hour. Pay begins at $12.79 per hour on the low end and climbs to $25.45 near the top. Total cash compensation to Test Technicians bottoms out near $30,200 and approaches $66,397 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $2,507 from bonuses and almost $10,926 from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Test Technicians. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Test Technician Salary (?
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$30,200 - $66,397
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52K
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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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MEDIAN: $18.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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As Test Technicians make advancements in their career path, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, those in less important roles will make $23K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Test Engineer.

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Popular Skills for Test Technician

Survey takers who work as 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. 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.
In most cases, Test Technicians can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Test Technicians in the early stages of their career don't see a large increase in pay for the first decade—salary tends to grow from $37K to just $41K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $47K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Test Technicians and pay is expected at $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$42,000
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For Test Technicians, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 20 percent greater than 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%
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