Instrumentation Engineer Salary

Pay for Instrumentation Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $76K annually. Total cash earnings of Instrumentation Engineers range from $54K on the low end to $120K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $9K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Instrumentation Engineers are male. The majority of Instrumentation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$53,700 - $111,311

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$24.94 - $65.72

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,700 - $111,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,380  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $8,808  
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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$53,891 - $119,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.94 - $65.72  
   
Overtime
$27.89 - $71.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,380  
   
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $8,808  
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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$53,891 - $119,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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Job Description for Instrumentation Engineer

An instrumentation engineer is someone who does the designing, monitoring, controlling and construction of various instruments used in industrial functions. This person is typically responsible for system efficiency as measured by the instruments they build or design. Instrumentation engineers are often in the leadership role and may assign jobs to drafters and other engineers on a lower level.

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Instrumentation 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.

Common Career Paths for Instrumentation Engineer


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Though it's uncommon, some Instrumentation Engineers move into roles as Senior Instrumentation Engineers, where pay is an average $98K per year.

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Professional skills reported by Instrumentation Engineers are few in number. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Specification. Instrument Control and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation Engineer

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


Instrumentation Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $71K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $93K in this role. 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 $108K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Instrumentation Engineers, busy Denver offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent) and Chicago (+8 percent). In New York, salaries are 2 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$79,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries



National Average
$79,000

Technical Specification
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%
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