Instrument Technician Salary

Median pay for Instrument Technicians in the United States is around $21.92 per hour. Cash earnings for Instrument Technicians — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $26K to approximately $88K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority of Instrument Technicians (85 percent) survey respondents are men. Work is enjoyable for Instrument Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$38,121 - $87,097
(Median)
$38K
$51K
$87K
MEDIAN: $51,343
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$11.97 - $37.39
(Median)
$12
$22
$37
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,121 - $87,097  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,243  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$26,221 - $87,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $37.39  
   
Overtime
$15.51 - $59.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,243  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$26,221 - $87,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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 who move on to become Instrumentation & Controls Technicians may enjoy significant pay raises, as Instrumentation & Controls Technicians get paid an average of $64K per year. A lot of Instrument Technicians advance their careers by becoming Survey Party Chiefs and Sterile Processing Technicians. However, those positions offer $4K less and $20K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Instrument Technician


Job skills reported by Instrument Technicians are limited. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 22 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Competency in Electronic Troubleshooting frequently indicates knowledge of Instrument Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument Technician

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


Instrument Technicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $70K.

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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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