Test Technician Salary

Male Test Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.69 per hour in the United States. 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 $63K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Test Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,027 - $65,218
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $45,126
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90%

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$13.06 - $26.59
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,027 - $65,218  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,143  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $10,304  
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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$29,367 - $62,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $26.59  
   
Overtime
$18.75 - $40.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,143  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $10,304  
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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$29,367 - $62,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 618
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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. Becoming an Electronics Technician or an Engineering Technician is often the next step for a Test Technician.

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Popular Skills for Test Technician


Test Technicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Engineering, System Testing, Industrial Hydraulics, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 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.


For many Test Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $54K on average.

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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries



Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 5%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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