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Test Technician Salary

Median pay for Test Technicians in the United States is around $18.60 per hour. Total cash compensation to Test Technicians bottoms out near $29K and approaches $62K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $11K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Test Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,329 - $63,767
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$64K
MEDIAN: $44,417
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$12.92 - $26.14
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,329 - $63,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,800  
Profit Sharing
$483.87 - $10,735  
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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$29,063 - $61,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.92 - $26.14  
   
Overtime
$18.34 - $40.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,800  
   
Profit Sharing
$483.87 - $10,735  
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).
)
$29,063 - $61,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 530
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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 who move on to become Test Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Test Engineers get paid an average of $66K per year. A Test Technician often moves on to become an Engineering Technician or an Electronics Technician.

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Popular Skills for Test Technician


Test Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in System Testing, Test Engineering, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. The majority of those who know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $55K.

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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries




Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 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
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 14%
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