Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians earn an average of $28.67 per hour. Total cash earnings of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians range from $45K on the low end to $90K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $9K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Instrumentation & Controls Technicians. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$45,059 - $87,917
(Median)
$45K
$65K
$88K
MEDIAN: $65,051
10%
50%
90%

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$19.73 - $39.80
(Median)
$20
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$45,059 - $87,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,916  
Profit Sharing
$29.59 - $8,515  
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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$44,574 - $90,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.73 - $39.80  
   
Overtime
$28.01 - $60.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,916  
   
Profit Sharing
$29.59 - $8,515  
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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$44,574 - $90,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 380
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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.

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As Instrumentation & Controls Technicians make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Controls Engineer position pays around the same amount as the Instrumentation & Controls Technician job on average.

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


Instrumentation & Controls Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, Instrument Control, Systems Troubleshooting, and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Those proficient in Instrument Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation and Electronic Troubleshooting.

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

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $69K. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $73K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,850

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

For Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Indianapolis (+19 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in Detroit earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Charlotte and 12 percent less in Columbia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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




National Average
$66,000


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



Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 2%

Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$66,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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