Test Technician Salary (United States)

Test Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.23 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $12.79 per hour and does not exceed $25.45. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Test Technicians. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Test Technician Salary (?
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$30,200 - $66,397
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MEDIAN: $43,154
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Test Technician Salary (?
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$12.79 - $25.45
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,200 - $66,397  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,507  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $10,926  
Total Pay (?
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$28,525 - $60,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.79 - $25.45  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $39.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,507  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $10,926  
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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$28,525 - $60,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 418
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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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Test Technicians who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Test Engineer may make an additional $23K per year than lower-end positions.

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Popular Skills for Test Technician

Test Technicians note just a narrow range 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 of 15 percent, 11 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know Test Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Test Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Test Technicians do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. New Test Technicians earn approximately $37K, only slightly increasing to $41K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $47K. Though minimal, Test Technicians continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Test Technicians, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Test Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+19 percent) and Houston (+7 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent.

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Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries

System Testing
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%