Instrument Technician Salary

For Instrument Technicians, hourly average wages total $20.46 per hour. Total cash compensation for Instrument Technicians runs from $26K to $88K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men account for the majority of Instrument Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. The majority of Instrument Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,798 - $91,004
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$91K
MEDIAN: $52,226
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$11.85 - $37.29
(Median)
$12
$20
$37
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,798 - $91,004  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,228  
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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$25,941 - $88,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $37.29  
   
Overtime
$14.77 - $59.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,228  
   
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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$25,941 - $88,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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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Many Instrument Technicians move into an Instrumentation & Controls Technician role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $64K per year.

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Job skills reported by Instrument Technicians are limited. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Electronic Troubleshooting and Instrument Control are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $42K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instrument Technicians make a median salary of $55K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $71K on average.

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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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