Men make up the majority of Irrigation Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $15.02 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third enjoy medical while around one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-sixth.

$25,467 - $51,431
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$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,731
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$11.26 - $20.08
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,467 - $51,431  
   
Bonus
$50.00 - $3,710  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Commission
$3,250  
Total Pay (?
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$24,441 - $46,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.26 - $20.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$15.57 - $28.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$50.00 - $3,710  
   
Commission
$3,250  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$24,441 - $46,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 365

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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

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

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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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. Irrigation Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $37K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Irrigation Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $41K.

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Q: What is it like working as an Irrigation Technician?

Irrigation Technician in Tulare:
"Irrigation."
I would have want to know a little more about what I was going to do, maybe some details.

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.

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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Key Stats for Irrigation Technician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Irrigation Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Irrigation Technician Salaries


National Average
$33,000

System Repair
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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