Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Electrical & Instrument Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $81K per year nationwide. Most Electrical & Instrument Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number claim medical and dental insurance and the greater part get vision coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$59,070 - $113,027
(Median)
$59K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,333
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50%
90%

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$19.05 - $58.17
(Median)
$19
$33
$58
MEDIAN: $33.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,070 - $113,027  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,795  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $5,087  
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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$55,330 - $121,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.05 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$25.43 - $57.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,795  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $5,087  
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).
)
$55,330 - $121,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Electrical & Instrument Engineer

  • 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


Electrical & Instrument Engineers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $66K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $91K. Electrical & Instrument Engineers see a median salary of $96K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $97K.

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Experience Affects Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$82,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Electrical & Instrument Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$82,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%
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