Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $28.93 per hour. Total cash earnings of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians range from $44K on the low end to $92K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $9K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$44,367 - $90,711
$44K
$65K
$91K
MEDIAN: $64,900
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$19.90 - $40.08
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MEDIAN: $28.93
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,367 - $90,711  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,881  
Profit Sharing
$29.36 - $8,579  
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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$44,437 - $92,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.90 - $40.08  
   
Overtime
$28.36 - $61.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,881  
   
Profit Sharing
$29.36 - $8,579  
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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$44,437 - $92,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 389

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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

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

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


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Instrumentation & Controls Technicians tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Controls Engineer. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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


Survey results show that Instrumentation & Controls Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, Instrument Control, Systems Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $54K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $68K. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians bring in $73K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $74K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,078

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Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in St. Louis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Idaho Falls (+9 percent), and Austin (+9 percent). Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in Detroit report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. On the whole, employers pay 14 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Charlotte and Boston.

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Key Stats for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salaries

▲11%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$66,000

▼18%

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

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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