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Instrument and Electrical Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Instrument and Electrical Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $26.51 per hour nationwide. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Instrument and Electrical Technicians is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,463 - $79,441
(Median)
$39K
$62K
$79K
MEDIAN: $62,010
10%
50%
90%

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$17.99 - $35.61
(Median)
$18
$27
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,463 - $79,441  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,179  
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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$40,622 - $83,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.99 - $35.61  
   
Overtime
$26.37 - $50.97  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,179  
   
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).
)
$40,622 - $83,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251

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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.

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Instrument and Electrical Technicians' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Instrumentation & Controls Technician. Median pay for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians is $64K.

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Popular Skills for Instrument and Electrical Technician


Typical Instrument and Electrical Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to 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.


For Instrument and Electrical Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. Instrument and Electrical Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $70K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries


Instrument Control
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%
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