Irrigation Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Irrigation Technicians earn an average of $14.84 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.69 per hour and $19.83. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Irrigation Technicians. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and just over a fifth earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,483 - $49,310
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,017
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$10.69 - $19.83
(Median)
$11
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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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Typical Irrigation Technicians report a focused set of job 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.

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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $33K on average. On average, Irrigation Technicians make $38K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $39K on average.

Irrigation Technician Reviews

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 20%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Irrigation Technician Salaries


National Average
$33,000

System Repair
up arrow 5%

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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