Instrument and Electrical Technician Salary

Instrument and Electrical Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $30.00 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. For the most part, Instrument and Electrical Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$40,722 - $86,505
$41K
$65K
$87K
MEDIAN: $64,543
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$19.77 - $37.17
$20
$30
$37
MEDIAN: $29.91
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$0$86K
Salary $40,722 - $86,505
Bonus $984 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $1,600
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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$41,893 - $86,769
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 45
Hourly Data $0$55
Hourly Rate $19.77 - $37.17
Overtime $30.65 - $55.48
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $984 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $1,600
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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$41,893 - $86,769
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 181

Job Description for Instrument and Electrical Technician

Instrument and electrical technicians generally work in a factory or plant environment such as manufacturing facilities, processing facilities and plants that deal with chemicals. The technician monitors devices that control processes within the facility, making adjustments either manually or using instruments as necessary. Periodic maintenance is also done by the technician to ensure the instrumentation remains in good working condition. Additionally, the technician sometimes has to conduct troubleshooting to repair the machines when issues arise.

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Instrument and Electrical Technician Tasks

  • Inspect, troubleshoot, and resolve problems with electrical circuits and their connected components.
  • Document maintenance and installations.
  • Configure, install, and test new equipment.

Common Career Paths for Instrument and Electrical Technician


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Many Instrument and Electrical Technicians move into an Instrumentation & Controls Technician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians on average bring in a similar salary to Instrument and Electrical Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Instrument and Electrical Technician


Instrument and Electrical Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Instrument Control, and Electronic Troubleshooting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrument and Electrical Technician

Pay by Experience for an Instrument and Electrical Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Instrument and Electrical Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 92 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Instrument and Electrical Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 72 salaries. An experienced Instrument and Electrical Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 85 salaries. An Instrument and Electrical Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 53 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,712

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

For those looking to make money, Instrument and Electrical Technicians in Augusta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Instrument and Electrical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+23 percent) and Memphis (+9 percent).

Instrument and Electrical Technician Reviews

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

Instrument and Electrical Technician in Eeastover:
"Stressful."
Pros: Pay.
Cons: Not knowing how long you are going to be there or when you may get called in.

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Key Stats for Instrument and Electrical Technician

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries

▲12%

▲5%

▲5%

National Average
$67,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Instrument and Electrical Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 10%