Test Technician Salary

Test Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.64 per hour. Total cash earnings of Test Technicians range from $29K on the low end to $62K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $11K, respectively. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Test Technicians is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,675 - $64,418
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$64K
MEDIAN: $44,322
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$12.99 - $26.51
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,675 - $64,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $10,570  
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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$29,123 - $61,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $26.51  
   
Overtime
$18.46 - $40.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $10,570  
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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$29,123 - $61,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 533
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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. It is not uncommon for a Test Technician to continue on to become an Engineering Technician or an Electronics Technician.

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Popular Skills for Test Technician


Typical Test Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in System Testing, Test Engineering, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 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.


Test Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $55K.

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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries



Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 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
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 14%
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