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Instrument Technician Salary (United States)

The average Instrument Technician in the United States earns approximately $20.14 per hour. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Instrument Technicians who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Instrument Technician Salary (?
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$36,655 - $95,059
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MEDIAN: $51,195
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Instrument Technician Salary (?
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$12.06 - $36.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$36,655 - $95,059  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,760  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,543  
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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$26,489 - $89,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $36.74  
   
Overtime
$13.32 - $58.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,760  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,543  
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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$26,489 - $89,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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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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Additional career progression can often lead to a hefty increase in pay for Instrument Technicians. Many move into an Instrumentation & Controls Technician role where pay averages at $64K per year.

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Instrument Technicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Electronic Troubleshooting and Instrument Control are also commonly seen together.

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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $41K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $47K. Instrument Technicians bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Instrument Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $69K.

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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
National Average
$48,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%