Irrigation Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Irrigation Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $14.67 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.33 per hour and $19.62. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Irrigation Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third enjoy medical while about one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-eighth.

$24,190 - $49,391
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,761
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$10.33 - $19.62
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,190 - $49,391  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
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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$22,757 - $47,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.33 - $19.62  
   
Overtime
$15.18 - $29.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
   
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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$22,757 - $47,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Irrigation Technicians who took the survey. Systems Troubleshooting and System Repair are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Irrigation Technician

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


For Irrigation Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $32K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $29K. Irrigation Technicians bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $40K.

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What is it like working as an Irrigation Technician?

Irrigation Technician in Denton:
"Outside."
Pros: I enjoy being outside and having something different to do everyday. I work 4, 10 hour days so I have a three day weekend.
Cons: My supervisors do not have their tech certificates or their licenses but they feel the need to question me non stop. Any time I say anything about a piece of equipment that might make my job easier I'm told its not in the budget.

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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 14%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Irrigation Technician Salaries


National Average
$32,000

System Repair
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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
32%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 65%
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