Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $27.81 per hour nationwide. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians spread between $43K and $87K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$42,812 - $82,863
(Median)
$43K
$62K
$83K
MEDIAN: $62,333
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$19.65 - $37.82
(Median)
$20
$28
$38
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,812 - $82,863  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,301  
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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$43,197 - $87,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.65 - $37.82  
   
Overtime
$26.32 - $57.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,301  
   
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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$43,197 - $87,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Instrumentation & Controls Technicians who transition into new roles such as Controls Engineer may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Controls Engineer earns $71K per year.

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


Instrumentation & Controls Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Instrument Control are 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.


For Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $65K. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New Orleans (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Columbia and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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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
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Instrument Control
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National Average
$63,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
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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
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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