A sizeable majority of Instrument and Electrical Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $28.45 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Work is enjoyable for Instrument and Electrical Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,344 - $81,402
$47K
$67K
$81K
MEDIAN: $67,011
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$19.04 - $37.02
$19
$28
$37
MEDIAN: $28.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$47,344 - $81,402  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $6,536  
Profit Sharing
$2,850  
Total Pay (?
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$42,043 - $86,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$19.04 - $37.02  
   
Overtime
$29.91 - $55.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,007 - $6,536  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,850  
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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$42,043 - $86,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 198

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Job Description for Instrument and Electrical Technician

Instrument and electrical technicians generally work in a factory or plant environment such as manufacturing facilities, processing facilities and plants that deal with chemicals. The technician monitors devices that control processes within the facility, making adjustments either manually or using instruments as necessary. Periodic maintenance is also done by the technician to ensure the instrumentation remains in good working condition. Additionally, the technician sometimes has to conduct troubleshooting to repair the machines when issues arise.

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Instrument and Electrical Technician Tasks

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

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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 $65K.

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Popular Skills for Instrument and Electrical Technician


Job skills reported by Instrument and Electrical Technicians are limited. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 5 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $69K. Instrument and Electrical Technicians bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $74K.

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Key Stats for Instrument and Electrical Technician

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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