Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salary

Pay for Electrical & Instrument Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $81K annually. Most get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. Work is enjoyable for Electrical & Instrument Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,463 - $128,901
$61K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $81,203
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90%

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$27.76 - $68.78
$39
MEDIAN: $39.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,463 - $128,901  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$61,778 - $140,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$39.48  
   
Overtime
$50.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $29,590  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
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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$61,778 - $140,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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Job Description for Electrical & Instrument Engineer

Electrical and instrument engineers perform a wide variety of tasks related to the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as design, development and testing. They work for a large number of institutions in the commercial, medical, academic, industrial and military sectors to design electronic products and systems. Specific tasks performed by these engineers may include assessing projects' specific needs and requirements, developing testing processes, evaluating systems, and planning additions and modifications as needed. Electrical and instrument engineers must communicate regularly with colleagues within their organization - such as fellow engineers and managers - and they may work directly with clients as well.

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Electrical & Instrument Engineer Tasks

  • Supervises and trains project staff as needed.
  • Develop test requirements, specifications and systems, validation plans, reports and test procedures.
  • Inspects design projects to ensure conformance with test requirements and specifications.
  • Provide testability analysis and recommendation for project requirements.

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Pay by Experience Level for Electrical & Instrument Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Electrical & Instrument Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Electrical & Instrument Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 33 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electrical & Instrument Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Electrical & Instrument Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 7 salaries. An Electrical & Instrument Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,113

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Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent.

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Key Stats for Electrical & Instrument Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲39%

Experienced
▲7%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$86,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Project Management
▲5%


National Average
$86,000

Instrument Control
▼2%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
▼2%

Microsoft Excel
▼11%

Microsoft Office
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 11%
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