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Instrument Technician Salary

Average Instrument Technicians in the United States make around $20.67 per hour. Final cash compensation to Instrument Technicians varies from around $26K to approximately $89K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $10K, respectively. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Instrument Technicians (83 percent) survey respondents are men. For the most part, Instrument Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$38,555 - $93,062
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$93K
MEDIAN: $50,995
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$11.92 - $37.26
(Median)
$12
$21
$37
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,555 - $93,062  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,831  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$26,136 - $88,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $37.26  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $59.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,831  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$26,136 - $88,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Instrument Technician


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Instrument Technicians often transition into Instrumentation & Controls Technician positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians earn $64K per year.

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Instrument Technicians who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Electronic Troubleshooting and Instrument Control are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument Technician

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Instrument Technicians. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $49K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instrument Technicians make a median salary of $54K. Instrument Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $71K.

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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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