Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $28.36 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians stretch from $44K on the lower end to $90K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,238 - $83,480
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$43K
$62K
$83K
MEDIAN: $62,196
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$19.96 - $38.65
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,238 - $83,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,122  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $8,400  
Total Pay (?
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$44,166 - $89,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.96 - $38.65  
   
Overtime
$27.12 - $59.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,122  
   
Profit Sharing
$976 - $8,400  
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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$44,166 - $89,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 520
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Job Description for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician

An instrumentation and controls (I&C) technician generally works at a manufacturing plant and is in charge of repairing and maintaining the instrumentation, robotic controllers, other equipment, and sensory readouts. The I&C technician works to ensure that manufacturing devices - which are often remotely controlled - work efficiently and in a manner that ensures maximum safety for all workers. Much of the I&C technician’s job is spent performing diagnostics, assessing equipment for any malfunctions or sluggishness. The technician is expected to identify and repair instrumentation systems that fall under their responsibility as necessary. Additionally, many manufacturing plants report data for efficiency and environmental data, and the I&C technician must ensure that the data recorded by instrumentation is accurate.

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Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Tasks

  • Use computerized systems to enter and retrieve data.
  • Troubleshoot plant equipment and systems.
  • Calibrate sensors and analyzers and configure logic in control systems.
  • Give technical guidance and assistance to less experienced personnel.

Common Career Paths for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician


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Instrumentation & Controls Technicians may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Controls Engineer, which pays $71K on average annually.

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Popular Skills for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician


Instrumentation & Controls Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, Instrument Control, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Skill sets containing Systems Troubleshooting also tend to include Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation and Electronic Troubleshooting. Most people experienced in Instrument Control also know Electronic Troubleshooting and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $55K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $71K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,391

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With a pay rate for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+28 percent) and Idaho Falls (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbia and Houston (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salaries


Instrument Control
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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National Average
$64,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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