Instrument and Electrical Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Instrument and Electrical Technicians earn an average of $26.46 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Instrument and Electrical Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,409 - $79,515
(Median)
$39K
$62K
$80K
MEDIAN: $62,340
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$17.88 - $35.52
(Median)
$18
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,409 - $79,515  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,139  
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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$40,502 - $83,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.88 - $35.52  
   
Overtime
$26.34 - $50.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,139  
   
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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$40,502 - $83,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 246

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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 go on to become Instrumentation & Controls Technicians may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an Instrumentation & Controls Technician, an upper-level role, pays $64K.

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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 7 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $52K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $61K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Instrument and Electrical Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Instrument and Electrical Technicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $70K.

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Experience Affects Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries



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
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

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