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Instrument Mechanic - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Instrument Mechanic"

How much does an Instrument Mechanic in the federal government get paid? $51,494.66* *Based on the 2021 average.

Instrument Mechanic was the 366th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 123 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal wage system payscale.

In 2021, the Agricultural Marketing Service hired the most employees titled Instrument Mechanic, with an average salary of $41,236.

Government Instrument Mechanic jobs are classified under the Federal Wage Schedule, Wage Grade (FWS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Instrument Mechanic job is FWS-8, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is FWS-11. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This standard is for grading nonsupervisory jobs involved in installing, aligning, modifying, troubleshooting, repairing, overhauling, testing, and calibrating a variety of instruments containing electric, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and/or electronic components, assemblies, and controls. The work includes using both manual and automated test equipment such as pneumatic, hydraulic, or vacuum test stands or computer controlled electronic test consoles to test, align, and calibrate instruments. The work also includes maintaining, repairing, and calibrating precision instruments and standards such as dial indicators, concentricity gauges, sine bars, micrometers, and plug and ring gauges. The work requires knowledge and application of electrical and mechanical principles; knowledge of pneumatic and/or hydraulic mechanisms; and, in some work situations, knowledge of electronic principles and theory.

Agencies that have hired an Instrument Mechanic

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Agricultural Marketing Service 100 $41,235.62
Bureau of Reclamation 16 $106,430.38
Veterans Health Administration 4 $57,355.50
Bureau of Land Management 1 $98,590.00
Indian Affairs 1 $98,277.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 1 $81,106.00

Instrument Mechanic Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Instrument Mechanic is $51,494.66. The highest paid Instrument Mechanic made $108,047 in 2021.

Common Instrument Mechanic Payscales

Payscale Number of Instrument Mechanic Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 104
BB - Nonsupervisory - Negotiated Pay Employees 17
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 1
WB - Wage Positions Under The Federal Wage System Not Otherwise Designated 1

Starting Paygrade: $10.68 to $28.58 / hour at paygrade FWS-8
Maximum Paygrade: $12.06 to $34.60 / hour at paygrade FWS-11

Other Jobs at the FWS-8 Paygrade

FWS-8 is the starting paygrade for Instrument Mechanic jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the FWS-8 paygrade.

Occupation Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Metal Forming Machine OperatingFWS-6FWS-10
Boiler Plant OperatingFWS-8FWS-10
Fuel Distribution System OperatingFWS-6FWS-10

Average Instrument Mechanic Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for an Instrument Mechanic was $42,793. Since then, the average pay has increased to $51,495 in 2021.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 3359.

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