Instrument Technician Salary

An average Instrument Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $21.92 per hour. Total cash compensation to Instrument Technicians approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $88K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Instrument Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. For the most part, Instrument Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for 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
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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 often transition into Instrumentation & Controls Technician positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians earn $64K per year. Instrument Technicians most frequently advance into Survey Party Chief and Sterile Processing Technician roles even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $20K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Instrument Technician


Instrument Technicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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. Instrument Control is a skill commonly found among those who know Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument Technician

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


For many Instrument Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $52K. Instrument Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $58K. Instrument Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $70K.

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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
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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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