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

Most Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technicians in the United States are men, earning an average of $27.54 per hour. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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MEDIAN: $27.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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 (I&C) Technicians may enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. Typically, top-notch roles like Controls Engineer will offer an extra $7,455 annually than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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

Survey results imply that Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 5 percent respectively. The majority of those who know Instrument Control also know Electronic Troubleshooting and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation. It is often found that people who know Systems Troubleshooting 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.
For Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technicians, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. New salaries start at $55K and reach $64K in five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $65K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technicians after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $71K. The majority of Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technicians have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with more than 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with 10 to 20 years under their belt.

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

National Average
$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%
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