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Test Technician Salary

Test Technicians in the United States take home an average $18.40 per hour. In the world of Test Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $29K and $61K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $11K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Test Technicians. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$30,668 - $64,575
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,951
10%
50%
90%

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$12.89 - $25.44
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,668 - $64,575  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,993  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $10,876  
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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$28,774 - $60,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.89 - $25.44  
   
Overtime
$18.54 - $39.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,993  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $10,876  
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).
)
$28,774 - $60,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 448
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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' salaries can rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Test Engineer. Test Engineers get paid an average $65K per year.

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Popular Skills for Test Technician


Test Technicians only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with System Testing, Test Engineering, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Test Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Test Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $38K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $42K. Test Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. As Test Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $53K.

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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries

System Testing
up arrow 21%



Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 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: 13%