Instrument Technician Salary

Instrument Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $20.43 per hour. Total cash compensation to Instrument Technicians approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $84K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Instrument Technicians (82 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,607 - $81,219
$31K
$53K
$81K
MEDIAN: $53,000
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$12.05 - $37.33
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MEDIAN: $20.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,607 - $81,219  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,131  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$26,274 - $84,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $37.33  
   
Overtime
$18.21 - $60.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,131  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$26,274 - $84,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 310

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Job Description for Instrument Technician

Most instrument technician jobs fall mainly into two fields: medical and electrical. While there is a wee bit of overlap between the two fields (for example, both usually require the ability to operate in fast-paced environments), in most respects, the two are very different jobs indeed.

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Instrument Technician Tasks

  • Calibrate temperature, pressure, flow, or other characteristics of instruments.
  • Assemble, disassemble, and test parts of instruments.
  • Audit and maintain spare parts inventory and manage documentation around instruments.
  • Respond to outages and problems promptly and document root causes.
  • Maintain, repair, and troubleshoot instrumentation.

Common Career Paths for Instrument Technician


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Advancing into an Instrumentation & Controls Technician role seems to be a popular career move for Instrument Technicians, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $65K per year. Becoming a Sterile Processing Technician or a Survey Party Chief is a common transition from an Instrument Technician role.

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Popular Skills for Instrument Technician


Typical Instrument Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 72 percent, 62 percent, and 27 percent, respectively. Employees educated in Electronic Troubleshooting are typically practiced in Instrument Control, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Instrument Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $66K on average.

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Key Stats for Instrument Technician

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲40%

▲16%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
▲72%

Systems Troubleshooting
▲62%



National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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