Instrument and Electrical Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Instrument and Electrical Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $28.74 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 a strong majority. Most Instrument and Electrical Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$45,302 - $82,481
$45K
$66K
$82K
MEDIAN: $66,421
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50%
90%

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$18.71 - $36.84
$19
$29
$37
MEDIAN: $28.74
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$45,302 - $82,481  
   
Bonus
$1,030 - $6,851  
Profit Sharing
$2,850  
Total Pay (?
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$41,890 - $86,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$18.71 - $36.84  
   
Overtime
$29.45 - $55.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,030 - $6,851  
   
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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$41,890 - $86,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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.

Common Career Paths for Instrument and Electrical Technician


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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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Instrument and Electrical Technicians who took the survey. Those who have experience with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Instrument Control, and Electronic Troubleshooting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $56K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. Instrument and Electrical Technicians bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $75K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,843

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Instrument and Electrical Technicians will find that Augusta offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Instrument and Electrical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+25 percent) and Memphis (+11 percent).

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Key Stats for Instrument and Electrical Technician

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries

▲13%

▲7%

▲6%

National Average
$66,000

▼15%

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
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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