Irrigation Technician Salary

Male Irrigation Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.67 per hour in the United States. Compensation ranges between $10.30 per hour and $19.56. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and close to one-fifth earn dental coverage. For the most part, Irrigation Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,089 - $49,476
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,030
10%
50%
90%

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$10.30 - $19.56
(Median)
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,089 - $49,476  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
Total Pay (?
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$22,661 - $47,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $19.56  
   
Overtime
$15.11 - $29.60  
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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$22,661 - $47,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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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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Survey results show that Irrigation Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Systems Troubleshooting and System Repair are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in System Repair frequently indicates knowledge of Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Irrigation Technician

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $29K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $32K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Irrigation Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $39K.

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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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

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 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: 64%
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