Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $28.36 per hour. Total incomes of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $44K and $90K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Instrumentation & Controls Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,238 - $83,480
(Median)
$43K
$62K
$83K
MEDIAN: $62,196
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$19.96 - $38.65
(Median)
$20
$28
$39
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,238 - $83,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,122  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $8,400  
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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$44,166 - $89,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.96 - $38.65  
   
Overtime
$27.12 - $59.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,122  
   
Profit Sharing
$976 - $8,400  
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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$44,166 - $89,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 520
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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 may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Controls Engineer, which pays $71K on average annually.

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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, Instrument Control, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. It is often found that people who know Instrument Control are also skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation. Skill sets containing Systems Troubleshooting also tend to include 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $55K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,391

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+28 percent) and Idaho Falls (+14 percent). Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in Tampa earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Columbia and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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




National Average
$64,000


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


Instrument Control
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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National Average
$64,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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