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Instrument Technician Salary (United States)

Pay for Instrument Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.60 per hour. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Instrument Technicians (81 percent) are men. Most Instrument Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Instrument Technician Salary (?
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$37,607 - $96,643
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MEDIAN: $50,994
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Instrument Technician Salary (?
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$11.86 - $36.78
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$37,607 - $96,643  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,196  
Profit Sharing
$1,600 - $6,250  
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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$25,819 - $90,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $36.78  
   
Overtime
$12.70 - $57.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,196  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,600 - $6,250  
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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$25,819 - $90,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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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Survey takers who work as Instrument Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 49 percent and 37 percent, respectively. Many workers who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Instrument Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $41K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $46K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $70K on average. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Instrument Technicians typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$47,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries

National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%