Test Technician Salary

Male Test Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.64 per hour in the United States. Total cash compensation for Test Technicians runs from $29K to $62K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $11K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,288 - $64,732
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $44,707
10%
50%
90%

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$12.96 - $26.49
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,288 - $64,732  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
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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$29,116 - $61,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.96 - $26.49  
   
Overtime
$18.46 - $40.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
   
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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$29,116 - $61,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 535
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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 often transition into Test Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Test Engineers earn $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


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 between 4 percent and 12 percent. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $38K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. Test Technicians see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries



Troubleshooting
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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
37%
5-9 years
23%
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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