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Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $27.74 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. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,436 - $83,248
(Median)
$42K
$62K
$83K
MEDIAN: $62,220
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$19.93 - $37.52
(Median)
$20
$28
$38
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,436 - $83,248  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,063  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $9,000  
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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$43,495 - $86,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.93 - $37.52  
   
Overtime
$25.23 - $57.72  
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 - $7,063  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $9,000  
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).
)
$43,495 - $86,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 420
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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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It's not uncommon for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians to assume a higher-end position such as a Controls Engineer. On average, Controls Engineers get paid $70K per year.

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


Survey results show that 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. It is often found that people who know Systems Troubleshooting are also skilled in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation and Electronic Troubleshooting. Those proficient in Instrument Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher 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. For Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $66K. As Instrumentation & Controls Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $71K.

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. Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

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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 2%

Instrument Control
0%

National Average
$63,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 9%