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 $26.55 per hour nationwide. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$40,297 - $79,378
(Median)
$40K
$64K
$79K
MEDIAN: $64,472
10%
50%
90%

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$17.87 - $35.50
(Median)
$18
$27
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,297 - $79,378  
   
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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$40,896 - $83,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.87 - $35.50  
   
Overtime
$26.21 - $51.04  
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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$40,896 - $83,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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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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For Instrument and Electrical Technicians, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Instrument and Electrical Technicians earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Instrumentation & Controls Technician.

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Popular Skills for Instrument and Electrical Technician


Instrument and Electrical Technicians report a narrow range of specific 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Instrument and Electrical Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $62K. Instrument and Electrical Technicians bring in $65K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $71K.

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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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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