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Irrigation Technician Salary

Male Irrigation Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.60 per hour in the United States. Lower pay rates hover around $10.13 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.50. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in five collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$24,983 - $49,562
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,626
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$10.13 - $19.50
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,983 - $49,562  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$22,659 - $48,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $19.50  
   
Overtime
$14.92 - $29.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$22,659 - $48,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244

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Job Description for Irrigation Technician

Irrigation technicians are responsible for the installation and maintenance of irrigation systems. The job requires regular physical labor outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Maintenance tasks performed by the irrigation technician includes replacing and repairing valves, installing timers and clocks, locating existing irrigation zones and lines, repairing pumps, and "winterizing" equipment if the location warrants it. The job often requires irrigation technicians to consult blueprints and diagrams to locate existing equipment. Upon installation of new systems )as well as in the course of repairs on existing systems), irrigation technicians are responsible for conducting testing.

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Irrigation Technician Tasks

  • Read plans to install irrigation systems according to specifications.
  • Visit sites and make recommendations about irrigation placement and type.
  • Set irrigation timer controls and maintenance schedules.
  • Install, inspect, maintain, diagnose and repair irrigation systems.
  • Document work performed and equipment/supplies utilized.

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Irrigation Technicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Systems Troubleshooting and System Repair are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows System Repair to be familiar with Systems Troubleshooting as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Irrigation Technician

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


For many Irrigation Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $29K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $31K. Irrigation Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $37K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $40K on average.

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Irrigation Technician in Avon:
"Does Not Meet State Minimum Labor Laws."
We have no breaks, and are told to "eat as we go" for lunch. So... no breaks and no lunch. Most often we are kept late at night and asked to be exactly on-time the next day; not logical. Furthermore, we are "asked" to work on days off. Not happy here.

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Experience Affects Irrigation Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Irrigation Technician Salaries


National Average
$32,000

System Repair
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 62%