Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salary

Electrical & Instrument Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $82K per year. Most Electrical & Instrument Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,961 - $122,655
$61K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,071
10%
50%
90%

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$28.00 - $46.50
$38
MEDIAN: $38.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,961 - $122,655  
   
Bonus
$297.99 - $30,201  
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$61,340 - $130,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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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$61,340 - $130,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Electrical & Instrument Engineers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $82K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $86K. Electrical & Instrument Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $92K. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $120K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,972

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Houston is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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Key Stats for Electrical & Instrument Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲40%

Experienced
▲7%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$86,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Project Management
▲6%


National Average
$86,000

Instrument Control
▼2%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
▼2%

Microsoft Excel
▼11%

Microsoft Office
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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