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 $27.21 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. 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.

$38,985 - $79,340
(Median)
$39K
$64K
$79K
MEDIAN: $63,852
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$18.10 - $36.66
(Median)
$18
$27
$37
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,985 - $79,340  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,139  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$41,239 - $85,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.10 - $36.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$26.69 - $51.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,139  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$41,239 - $85,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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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

  • 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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Many Instrument and Electrical Technicians move into an Instrumentation & Controls Technician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians on average bring in a similar salary to Instrument and Electrical Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Instrument and Electrical Technician


Survey takers who work as Instrument and Electrical Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 3 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.


For many Instrument and Electrical Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $53K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. Instrument and Electrical Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. 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 $74K.

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Experience Affects Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries


Instrument Control
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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