Irrigation Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Irrigation Technicians earn an average of $14.62 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.33 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.56. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Irrigation Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-third, and one in five earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$24,392 - $49,226

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$10.33 - $19.56

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,392 - $49,226  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
Total Pay (?
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$22,798 - $47,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.33 - $19.56  
   
Overtime
$14.98 - $29.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
   
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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$22,798 - $47,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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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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Irrigation Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Systems Troubleshooting and System Repair are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Irrigation Technician

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


For Irrigation Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $29K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $32K. Irrigation Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $39K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 22%

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
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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
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 65%
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