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Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary (United States)

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians earn an average of $27.54 per hour. Total cash compensation to Instrumentation & Controls Technicians approaches anywhere from $43K on the lower end to $86K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $9K from profit sharing. Almost all employees report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. For the most part, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary (?
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$41,458 - $82,606
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MEDIAN: $61,242
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Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary (?
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$19.77 - $36.88
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,458 - $82,606  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,984  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $8,940  
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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$43,102 - $85,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.77 - $36.88  
   
Overtime
$25.67 - $57.32  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$805 - $8,940  
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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$43,102 - $85,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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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 often transition into upper-level roles, like Controls Engineer, where average pay is $70K per year.

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

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Instrumentation & Controls Technicians who took the survey. 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 Electronic Troubleshooting and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation. Those proficient in Systems Troubleshooting 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.
For Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $64K. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. As Instrumentation & Controls Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average sum in this group is $71K. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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

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$62,000

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

Systems Troubleshooting
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Instrument Control
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National Average
$62,000
Electronic Troubleshooting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%