Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians earn an average of $27.73 per hour. In the world of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $43K and $87K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $9K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,867 - $82,428

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$19.67 - $37.87

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,867 - $82,428  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,103  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $8,500  
Total Pay (?
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$43,421 - $87,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.67 - $37.87  
   
Overtime
$26.09 - $57.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,103  
   
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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$43,421 - $87,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 458
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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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At the upper end, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians who move into a Controls Engineer role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $71K per year.

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


Survey takers who work as Instrumentation & Controls Technicians typically report just a few professional 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. Most people experienced in Instrument Control also 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.


For Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instrumentation & Controls Technicians make a median salary of $66K. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


Instrumentation & Controls Technicians will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New Orleans (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Columbia and Detroit are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 9 percent less than the median.

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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
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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