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Instrument Technician Salary

Average Instrument Technicians in the United States make around $20.76 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. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Instrument Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Instrument Technicians are male. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,517 - $93,353
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$93K
MEDIAN: $50,801
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$11.99 - $36.90
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,517 - $93,353  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,211  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$26,471 - $88,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $36.90  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $58.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,211  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$26,471 - $88,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 248

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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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Typical Instrument Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be skilled in Instrument Control as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Instrument Technicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $42K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $48K. Instrument Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $71K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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