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.

$60,870 - $126,224
(Median)
$61K
$82K
$130K
MEDIAN: $81,885
10%
50%
90%

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$20.27 - $83.84
(Median)
$20
$39
$84
MEDIAN: $39.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,870 - $126,224  
   
Bonus
$1,000 - $30,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,690  
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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$61,460 - $141,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $83.84  
   
Overtime
$43.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,000 - $30,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,690  
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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$61,460 - $141,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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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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.

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Experience Affects Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$85,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 7%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$85,000

Instrument Control
up arrow 1%

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

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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