Instrument and Electrical Technician Salary

Male Instrument and Electrical Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $29.37 per hour in the United States. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Instrument and Electrical Technicians is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,385 - $82,577
$44K
$67K
$83K
MEDIAN: $67,271
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$18.46 - $37.03
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$37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,385 - $82,577  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$2,700  
Total Pay (?
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$42,090 - $87,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$18.46 - $37.03  
   
Overtime
$28.59 - $54.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,021 - $6,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,700  
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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$42,090 - $87,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 190

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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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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


Professional skills reported by Instrument and Electrical Technicians are few in number. Those who have experience with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Instrument Control, and Electronic Troubleshooting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument and Electrical Technician

Pay by Experience for an Instrument and Electrical Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Instrument and Electrical Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 92 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Instrument and Electrical Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 72 salaries. An experienced Instrument and Electrical Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 85 salaries. An Instrument and Electrical Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 53 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,643

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

Augusta is home to an above-average pay rate for Instrument and Electrical Technicians, 24 percent higher than the national average. Instrument and Electrical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+24 percent) and Memphis (+9 percent).

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Key Stats for Instrument and Electrical Technician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries

▲12%

▲5%

▲5%

National Average
$67,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 7%
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