Instrument Technician Salary

Median pay for Instrument Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $20.23 per hour. Final cash compensation to Instrument Technicians varies from around $26K to approximately $85K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $10K, respectively. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Instrument Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,154 - $84,511
$29K
$54K
$85K
MEDIAN: $54,161
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$12.14 - $37.54
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$20
$38
MEDIAN: $20.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,154 - $84,511  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$26,225 - $85,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $37.54  
   
Overtime
$18.39 - $59.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$26,225 - $85,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 300

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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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Instrument Technicians often transition into Instrumentation & Controls Technician positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians earn $65K per year. An Instrument Technician often moves on to become a Sterile Processing Technician or a Survey Party Chief.

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Popular Skills for Instrument Technician


Survey takers who work as Instrument Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 73 percent, 68 percent, and 31 percent, respectively. Electronic Troubleshooting and Instrument Control are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument Technician

Pay by Experience for an Instrument Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Instrument Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 184 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Instrument Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Instrument Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 102 salaries. An Instrument Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 61 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,377

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Instrument Technicians will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 60 percent. Instrument Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Baton Rouge (+25 percent). Instrument Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Instrument Technicians in Charlotte bring in salaries that are 47 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis and Tampa (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Instrument Technician

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

▲44%

▲16%

▲6%

National Average
$47,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
▲73%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
▲68%



National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 13%