Instrument and Electrical Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Instrument and Electrical Technicians earn an average of $26.57 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,140 - $78,645

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$17.90 - $35.88

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,140 - $78,645  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,138  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $5,139  
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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$40,991 - $83,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.90 - $35.88  
   
Overtime
$26.30 - $51.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,138  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $5,139  
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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$40,991 - $83,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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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


Instrument and Electrical Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $52K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $62K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $65K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $71K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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 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
33%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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