Irrigation Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Irrigation Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $14.84 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.69 per hour to $19.83. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Irrigation Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third enjoy medical while just over a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-sixth.

$24,483 - $49,310
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,017
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$10.69 - $19.83
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,483 - $49,310  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,494  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$23,102 - $47,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.69 - $19.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$15.67 - $29.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,494  
   
Commission
$3,000  
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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$23,102 - $47,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 341
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Irrigation Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Irrigation Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $33K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $29K. Irrigation Technicians bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $39K.

Irrigation Technician Advice

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

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 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.

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.

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Experience Affects Irrigation Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Irrigation Technician Salaries


National Average
$33,000

System Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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