An Instrument Technician earns an average wage of $18.60 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Instrument Control.
Instrument Technician Total Pay (?
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$34,433 - $100,313
(Median)
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53K
79K
100K
MEDIAN: $53,124
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Instrument Technician Total Pay (?
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$10.76 - $36.82
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,433 - $100,313  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,058  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $3,300  
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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$24,641 - $90,812  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$10.76 - $36.82  
   
Overtime
$6.14 - $57.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,058  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $3,300  
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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$24,641 - $90,812  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 233
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Instrument Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
National Average
$45,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 87%
Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 68%
National Average
$45,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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