Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salary

Male Electrical & Instrument Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $80K annually in the United States. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn vision coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,924 - $113,701

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$19.05 - $58.17

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Salary
$58,924 - $113,701  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,500  
Total Pay (?
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$54,919 - $121,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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Hourly Rate
$19.05 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$25.43 - $57.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,899  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,500  
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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$54,919 - $121,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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

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

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Popular Skills for Electrical & Instrument Engineer


Job skills reported by Electrical & Instrument Engineers are limited. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical & Instrument Engineer

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


For Electrical & Instrument Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $66K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $90K. Electrical & Instrument Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $92K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Electrical & Instrument Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $97K.

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Experience Affects Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$81,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 12%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$81,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%
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