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Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $27.57 per hour. Cash earnings for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians — including $7K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $43K to $87K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$42,496 - $82,965
(Median)
$42K
$62K
$83K
MEDIAN: $62,239
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$19.56 - $37.46
(Median)
$20
$28
$37
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,496 - $82,965  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,993  
Profit Sharing
$817 - $8,808  
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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$42,826 - $86,881  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.56 - $37.46  
   
Overtime
$25.79 - $57.35  
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 - $6,993  
   
Profit Sharing
$817 - $8,808  
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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$42,826 - $86,881  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 448

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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


Instrumentation & Controls Technicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.


Instrumentation & Controls Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $55K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Instrumentation & Controls Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New Orleans (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbia, 9 percent below the national average.

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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 4%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

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 119 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 9%
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