Test Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Test Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.64 per hour nationwide. In the world of Test Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $62K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Test Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$32,103 - $64,497

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$12.98 - $26.52

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,103 - $64,497  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,944  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $10,474  
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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$29,237 - $61,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.98 - $26.52  
   
Overtime
$18.48 - $40.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,944  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $10,474  
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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$29,237 - $61,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 542
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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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Advancing into a Test Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Test Technicians, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $66K per year. An Engineering Technician or an Electronics Technician is a typical transition from a Test Technician role.

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Popular Skills for Test Technician


Job skills reported by Test Technicians are limited. 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. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of 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 for the relatively untried average out to around $38K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $44K. Test Technicians bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Test Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $55K on average.

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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 112 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: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%
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