Test Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.08 per hour. Cash earnings for Test Technicians — including $5K in bonuses and $2K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $30K to $62K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$32,782 - $63,283
(Median)
$33K
$47K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,843
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$13.55 - $27.02
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,782 - $63,283  
   
Bonus
$407.46 - $4,903  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $2,061  
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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$30,029 - $61,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.55 - $27.02  
   
Overtime
$20.07 - $40.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$407.46 - $4,903  
   
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $2,061  
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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$30,029 - $61,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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Many Test Technicians move into a Test Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $67K per year. Becoming an Engineering Technician is, more often than not, the most common role that Test Technicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $48K. Another frequent advance is for Test Technicians to assume an Electrical Test Technician role; in this role, workers often earn $41K.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Varian Medical Systems, Inc. offers the most; Test Technicians earn $67K on average there.

Popular Skills for Test Technician


Test Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Engineering, Test Planning, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Industrial Hydraulics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Test Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. Test Technicians bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,674

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Test Technicians in Palo Alto enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. Test Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+44 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), and Auburn Hills (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Akron, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (5 percent lower) and Los Angeles (3 percent lower).

Test Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Test Technician?

Test Technician in Albuquerque:
"I love what I do it's always been a passion."
Pros: Learning to troubleshoot and the challenge of working on things that I never seen before.
Cons: The way the company treats employees. How safety is not a priority.

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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries


Test Planning
up arrow 11%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

System Testing
up arrow 3%

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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