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Instrument and Electrical Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Instrument and Electrical Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $26.43 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Instrument and Electrical Technicians. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$39,574 - $79,291
(Median)
$40K
$62K
$79K
MEDIAN: $62,010
10%
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90%

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$17.85 - $35.33
(Median)
$18
$26
$35
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
$39,574 - $79,291  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,186  
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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$40,603 - $83,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.85 - $35.33  
   
Overtime
$26.18 - $51.08  
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 - $5,186  
   
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).
)
$40,603 - $83,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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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' 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


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 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $52K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. Instrument and Electrical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. As Instrument and Electrical Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $70K.

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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 50 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
32%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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