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Instrument and Electrical Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Instrument and Electrical Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $25.92 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Instrument and Electrical Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$39,051 - $79,330
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MEDIAN: $60,559
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$17.66 - $35.10
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,051 - $79,330  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,600  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $5,057  
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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$39,893 - $83,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.66 - $35.10  
   
Overtime
$26.03 - $50.76  
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 - $5,600  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $5,057  
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).
)
$39,893 - $83,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 223
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Job Description for Instrument and Electrical Technician

Instrument and electrical technicians inspect, troubleshoot, and resolve problems with electrical circuits and their connected components. They configure, install, and test new equipment while making sure all maintenance and installations are well-documented. Maintenance may include performing adjustments and calibration procedures on various forms of process equipment. Some travel may be required in this line of work. Extended hours or shift work may be required depending on the company's needs. Many instrument technicians work in large manufacturing or processing plants in a variety of industries, such as energy production or agriculture. It's a very hands-on type of job, and some degree of physical fitness may be required for climbing or lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds.

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Instrument and Electrical Technician Tasks

  • Configure, install, and test new equipment.
  • Document maintenance and installations.
  • Inspect, troubleshoot, and resolve problems with electrical circuits and their connected components.

Common Career Paths for Instrument and Electrical Technician


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Instrument and Electrical Technicians who transition into an upper level Instrumentation & Controls Technician position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Instrumentation & Controls Technician makes $64K a year.

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Popular Skills for Instrument and Electrical Technician


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Instrument and Electrical Technicians who took the survey. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 6 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument and Electrical Technician

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


Instrument and Electrical Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $63K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $69K.

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Experience Affects Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries



National Average
$60,000



Skills That Affect Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries



Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%