Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary

Male Instrumentation & Controls Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $27.78 per hour in the United States. Total cash compensation to Instrumentation & Controls Technicians bottoms out near $43K and approaches $87K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,757 - $82,493
(Median)
$43K
$62K
$82K
MEDIAN: $62,300
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90%

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$19.65 - $37.79
(Median)
$20
$28
$38
MEDIAN: $27.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,757 - $82,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,110  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $8,500  
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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$43,314 - $86,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.65 - $37.79  
   
Overtime
$25.98 - $57.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,110  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $8,500  
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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$43,314 - $86,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 455
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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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As Instrumentation & Controls Technicians make advancements in their career path to positions such as Controls Engineer, their salaries may climb. Controls Engineers make $70K annually on average.

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


Typical Instrumentation & Controls Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Instrument Control also tend to know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $55K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $66K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New Orleans (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tampa. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Columbia and 6 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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




National Average
$63,000


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


Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 3%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Instrument Control
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National Average
$63,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%
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