Male Instrument and Electrical Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $28.17 per hour in the United States. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Instrument and Electrical Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,000 - $81,461
(Median)
$45K
$66K
$81K
MEDIAN: $65,784
10%
50%
90%

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$18.62 - $37.21
(Median)
$19
$28
$37
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$45,000 - $81,461  
   
Bonus
$509 - $6,400  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$41,738 - $86,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$18.62 - $37.21  
   
Overtime
$30.13 - $54.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$509 - $6,400  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$41,738 - $86,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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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


Instrument and Electrical Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Instrument Control and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 4 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Electronic Troubleshooting are 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $68K. Instrument and Electrical Technicians see a median salary of $70K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Instrument and Electrical Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $76K.

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Experience Affects Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries

Instrument Control
up arrow 4%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$65,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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