Test Technician Salary

Test Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.02 per hour. Total cash compensation for Test Technicians runs from $30K to $61K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Most Test Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,161 - $64,719
$33K
$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $47,054
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$13.60 - $26.39
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,161 - $64,719  
   
Bonus
$443.85 - $5,014  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $9,787  
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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$30,058 - $61,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.60 - $26.39  
   
Overtime
$20.19 - $39.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$443.85 - $5,014  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $9,787  
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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$30,058 - $61,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 420

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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

  • Run tests, develop, and maintain scripts to build and automate hardware.
  • Document test results and provide reports.
  • Coordinate with development engineers in debugging and troubleshooting problems.

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 $67K per year. More often than not, an Engineering Technician role is the next step for Test Technicians moving up in the field. Engineering Technicians usually make $48K per year. Many other Test Technicians choose to take on an Electrical Test Technician role, where salaries are typically $41K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Test Technician


Those at Varian Medical Systems, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $68K.

Popular Skills for Test Technician


Survey results suggest that Test Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Test Planning, Test Engineering, Industrial Hydraulics, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in Test Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Test Technician

Pay by Experience for a Test Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Test Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 315 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Test Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 160 salaries. An experienced Test Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 134 salaries. A Test Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 72 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,496

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

Test Technicians will find that Palo Alto offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 53 percent. Test Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+44 percent), San Jose (+31 percent), Portland (+16 percent), and Cincinnati (+15 percent). Test Technicians in Akron earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (5 percent lower) and Peoria (3 percent lower).

Test Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Test Technician

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries

▲23%

▲22%

▲6%

National Average
$43,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries

Test Planning
▲13%


Industrial Hydraulics
▲4%



Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 15%