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Test Technician Salary

The average Test Technician in the United States earns approximately $18.61 per hour. Final cash compensation to Test Technicians varies from around $29K to approximately $62K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $11K, respectively. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Test Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,189 - $63,349
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,395
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$12.94 - $26.18
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$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$31,189 - $63,349  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,010  
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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$28,979 - $61,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.94 - $26.18  
   
Overtime
$18.43 - $40.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,010  
   
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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$28,979 - $61,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 524

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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.

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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 5 percent and 15 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. Test Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Test Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $54K on average.

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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
22%
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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