Instrument Technician Salary

The average Instrument Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $20.50 per hour. Cash earnings for Instrument Technicians — including $6K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $26K to $88K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The vast majority of Instrument Technicians (83 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Instrument Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,830 - $90,718

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$11.87 - $37.23

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,830 - $90,718  
   
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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$26,003 - $87,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $37.23  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $59.01  
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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$26,003 - $87,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Instrumentation & Controls Technician, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $64K per year.

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Professional skills reported by Instrument Technicians are few in number. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 25 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $42K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $49K on average. Instrument Technicians see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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
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Mid-Career
0%

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
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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