Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salary
Male Electrical & Instrument Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $82K annually in the United States. For the most part, Electrical & Instrument Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a large number collect vision insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
At least a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering is required for electrical and instrument engineer positions, with a master's degree sometimes preferred or required. Relevant engineering experience is generally required or preferred as well; this may include experience relevant to the specific organization or position such as in HVAC, circuit design or product design. Electrical and instrument engineers must work well on a team setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision; they must also have an understanding of project budgets and their role in ensuring that projects remain within budget and time limitations.
Electrical and instrument engineers typically work full time during regular business hours, although alternative and/or additional hours may be required depending on their organization's and specific projects' needs.
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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $81K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $86K. On average, Electrical & Instrument Engineers make $96K following one to two decades on the job. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $106K.