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Irrigation Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Irrigation Technicians earn an average of $14.71 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.16 per hour and $19.56. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Irrigation Technicians is high. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in five collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,886 - $49,649
(Median)
$25K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,599
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$10.16 - $19.56
(Median)
$10
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,886 - $49,649  
   
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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$22,565 - $48,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $19.56  
   
Overtime
$14.94 - $29.87  
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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$22,565 - $48,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253

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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Systems Troubleshooting and System Repair are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include System Repair. 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 Irrigation Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $32K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $39K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Irrigation Technician Advice

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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 21%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Irrigation Technician Salaries


National Average
$32,000

System Repair
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 62%
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