Instrument Technician Salary

The average Instrument Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $20.01 per hour. Total cash earnings of Instrument Technicians range from $27K on the low end to $84K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $10K, respectively. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,013 - $89,274
$30K
$51K
$89K
MEDIAN: $51,326
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$12.53 - $37.09
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MEDIAN: $20.08
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$0$89K
Salary $30,013 - $89,274
Bonus $0.00 - $5,960
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,067
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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$27,856 - $85,481
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 95
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $12.53 - $37.09
Overtime $18.07 - $58.45
Annual Data $0$85K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,960
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,067
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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$27,856 - $85,481
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 338

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Job Description for Instrument Technician

Most instrument technician jobs fall mainly into two fields: medical and electrical. While there is a wee bit of overlap between the two fields (for example, both usually require the ability to operate in fast-paced environments), in most respects, the two are very different jobs indeed.

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Instrument Technician Tasks

  • Calibrate temperature, pressure, flow, or other characteristics of instruments.
  • Assemble, disassemble, and test parts of instruments.
  • Audit and maintain spare parts inventory and manage documentation around instruments.
  • Respond to outages and problems promptly and document root causes.
  • Maintain, repair, and troubleshoot instrumentation.

Common Career Paths for Instrument Technician


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Instrument Technicians might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Instrumentation & Controls Technician, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $65K per year. Instrument Technicians most often advance into Sterile Processing Technician and Survey Party Chief positions even though the median salaries are $17K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Instrument Technician


Professional skills reported by Instrument Technicians are few in number. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 73 percent, 68 percent, and 30 percent, respectively. Experience with Electronic Troubleshooting is often linked with knowledge of Instrument Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument Technician

Pay by Experience for an Instrument Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Instrument Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 184 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Instrument Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Instrument Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 102 salaries. An Instrument Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 61 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,121

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Instrument Technicians in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 59 percent above the national average. Instrument Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Baton Rouge (+25 percent). Instrument Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Instrument Technicians in Charlotte bring in salaries that are 47 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis and Tampa (6 percent lower).

Instrument Technician Reviews

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

Instrument Technician in Port Huron:
"Properly staffed."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Feeling unappreciated when it comes to patient care.

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Key Stats for Instrument Technician

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Instrument Technician Salaries

▲45%

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$47,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Instrument Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
▲74%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
▲69%



National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 15%
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