An Instrument Technician earns an average wage of $20.45 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Instrument Control.
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$29,853 - $80,848
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$30K
$53K
$81K
MEDIAN: $52,962
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$12.00 - $37.68
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$12
$20
$38
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,853 - $80,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$26,141 - $84,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $37.68  
   
Overtime
$16.94 - $60.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$26,141 - $84,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Instrument Technician

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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%


Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 73%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 61%



National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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