Instrument and Electrical Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Instrument and Electrical Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $26.55 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for Instrument and Electrical Technicians is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,547 - $79,246
(Median)
$41K
$64K
$79K
MEDIAN: $64,302
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$17.90 - $35.60
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$18
$27
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,547 - $79,246  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,817  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,087  
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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$41,020 - $83,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.90 - $35.60  
   
Overtime
$26.26 - $50.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,817  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,087  
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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$41,020 - $83,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264
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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


Instrument and Electrical Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Electronic Troubleshooting are also skilled in 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.


For Instrument and Electrical Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $53K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Instrument and Electrical Technicians see a median salary of $65K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Instrument and Electrical Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $71K on average.

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Experience Affects Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries



National Average
$62,000



Skills That Affect Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries


Instrument Control
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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