Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salary

The average Electrical & Instrument Engineer in the United States earns approximately $79K annually. Cash earnings for Electrical & Instrument Engineers — which occasionally include more than $19K from bonuses and more than $49K from profit sharing — stretch from around $59K to approximately $127K. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,524 - $118,203
(Median)
$59K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,703
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90%

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$19.73 - $60.82
(Median)
$20
$38
$61
MEDIAN: $38.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,524 - $118,203  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,271  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $49,316  
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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$58,567 - $126,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.73 - $60.82  
   
Overtime
$38.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,271  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $49,316  
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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$58,567 - $126,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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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Survey results show that Electrical & Instrument Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel. Many workers who know Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical & Instrument Engineer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Electrical & Instrument Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $72K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $90K. Electrical & Instrument Engineers bring in $93K after working for 10 to 20 years. Electrical & Instrument Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $100K.

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Experience Affects Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$82,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$82,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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