Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Instrumentation & Controls Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $29.40 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Instrumentation & Controls Technicians can bottom out near $43K or peak near $96K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Instrumentation & Controls Technicians is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$44,316 - $91,424
$44K
$65K
$91K
MEDIAN: $65,019
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$20.02 - $40.79
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MEDIAN: $29.52
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$0$96K
Salary $44,316 - $91,424
Bonus $0.00 - $9,696
Profit Sharing $4.93 - $8,054
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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$43,747 - $96,662
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 178
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $20.02 - $40.79
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $30.20 - $63.40
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,696
Profit Sharing $4.93 - $8,054
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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$43,747 - $96,662
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 434

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Job Description for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician

An instrumentation and controls (I&C) technician generally works at a manufacturing plant and is in charge of repairing and maintaining the instrumentation, robotic controllers, other equipment, and sensory readouts. The I&C technician works to ensure that manufacturing devices - which are often remotely controlled - work efficiently and in a manner that ensures maximum safety for all workers. Much of the I&C technician’s job is spent performing diagnostics, assessing equipment for any malfunctions or sluggishness. The technician is expected to identify and repair instrumentation systems that fall under their responsibility as necessary. Additionally, many manufacturing plants report data for efficiency and environmental data, and the I&C technician must ensure that the data recorded by instrumentation is accurate.

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Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Tasks

  • Calibrate sensors and analyzers and configure logic in control systems.
  • Give technical guidance and assistance to less experienced personnel.
  • Use computerized systems to enter and retrieve data.
  • Troubleshoot plant equipment and systems.

Common Career Paths for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician


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Instrumentation & Controls Technicians may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Controls Engineer. Controls Engineers on average make about as much as Instrumentation & Controls Technicians do.

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Popular Skills for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician


Typical Instrumentation & Controls Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, Instrument Control, Systems Troubleshooting, and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Most people experienced in Instrument Control also know Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician

Pay by Experience for an Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 215 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 171 salaries. An experienced Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 176 salaries. An Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) 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 117 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,231

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

For Instrumentation & Controls Technicians, busy St. Louis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), Austin (+7 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Detroit, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte (16 percent lower) and Boston (15 percent lower).

Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician?

Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician in Memphis:
"Very Demanding!"
Pros: Always a new task.
Cons: The laziness of others.

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Key Stats for Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salaries

▲11%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$67,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 10%
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