Test Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Test Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $19.03 per hour. Total cash earnings of Test Technicians range from $30K on the low end to $63K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $5K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,655 - $66,746
$35K
$49K
$67K
MEDIAN: $48,980
10%
50%
90%

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$13.70 - $26.59
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.27
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50%
90%

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$0$66K
Salary $34,655 - $66,746
Bonus $484.79 - $5,034
Profit Sharing $436.31 - $5,980
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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$30,536 - $63,841
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 152
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $13.70 - $26.59
Hourly Tips $0.75
Overtime $19.87 - $42.55
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $484.79 - $5,034
Profit Sharing $436.31 - $5,980
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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$30,536 - $63,841
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 451

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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Test Technicians often transition into Test Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Test Engineers earn $67K per year. The most common promotion for Test Technicians is Engineering Technician, a position that typically pays $48K annually. Another standard transition for Test Technicians seeking advancement is to assume an Electrical Test Technician role, where pay is often $41K.

Test Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Test Technician


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Varian Medical Systems, Inc. offers the most; Test Technicians earn $68K on average there.

Popular Skills for Test Technician


Survey results imply that Test Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Test Planning, Test Engineering, Industrial Hydraulics, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Most people who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know 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: $43,319

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

With a pay rate for Test Technicians that is 55 percent greater than the national average, Palo Alto offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Test Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+46 percent), San Jose (+32 percent), Portland (+17 percent), and Cincinnati (+16 percent). Test Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Test Technicians in Akron bring in salaries that are 22 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Austin and 1 percent less in Peoria, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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.

Test Technician in Indianapolis:
"Fun and stressful."
Pros: The job is fun and always learning.
Cons: It can be stressful at times of urgency.

Test Technician in Denver:
"I wnjoy my current position but I want to grow."
Pros: I like the people I work with and the tasks I perform. Its a good company I feel good about what we do there.
Cons: I dont feel I make what I am worth and I feel there is nowhere to grow within the company.

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Key Stats for Test Technician

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Test Technician Salaries

▲23%

▲22%

▲7%

National Average
$43,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Test Technician Salaries

Test Planning
▲14%


Industrial Hydraulics
▲4%



Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 16%