Male Electrical & Instrument Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $81K per year in the United States. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. For the most part, Electrical & Instrument Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,618 - $121,729
$61K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,042
10%
50%
90%

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$28.00 - $46.50
$38
MEDIAN: $38.06
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,618 - $121,729  
   
Bonus
$297.99 - $30,201  
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$60,903 - $128,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$38.06  
   
Overtime
$43.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$297.99 - $30,201  
   
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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$60,903 - $128,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $80K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $84K. On average, Electrical & Instrument Engineers make $92K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $120K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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 8 votes.
043
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$85,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 7%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Instrument Control
0%

National Average
$85,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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