Instrument Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $20.45 per hour on average. In the world of Instrument Technicians, overall income ranges from $26K near the bottom to $85K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. There are far more male Instrument Technicians survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,853 - $80,848
(Median)
$30K
$53K
$81K
MEDIAN: $52,962
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$12.00 - $37.68
(Median)
$12
$20
$38
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,853 - $80,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$26,141 - $84,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $37.68  
   
Overtime
$16.94 - $60.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$26,141 - $84,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 299

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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. Instrument Technicians most often move into Sterile Processing Technician or Survey Party Chief roles. However, the former pays $18K less on average, and the latter pays $1K less.

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Popular Skills for Instrument Technician


Instrument Technicians who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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 73 percent, 61 percent, and 26 percent, respectively. Experience with Electronic Troubleshooting is often linked with 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. 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 $69K.

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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%


Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 73%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 61%



National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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