Pay for Instrumentation Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $79K per year. In the world of Instrumentation Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $53K and $123K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $11K and $8K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Instrumentation Engineers (85 percent) who took the survey. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,315 - $115,138
(Median)
$54K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,561
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90%

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$23.89 - $73.20
(Median)
$24
$36
$73
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,315 - $115,138  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $10,570  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $7,946  
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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$52,838 - $123,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.89 - $73.20  
   
Overtime
$28.40 - $58.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $10,570  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $7,946  
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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$52,838 - $123,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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Job Description for Instrumentation Engineer

Instrumentation engineers are responsible for tasks relating to the creation and upkeep of instrumentation, usually in a factory or plant environment. This instrumentation helps to monitor and regulate processes so they work efficiently and accurately, and these engineers may also set up instrumentation to function for particular tasks; this is done by creating specifications and configuring the instrumentation so that it operates as necessary.

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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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Advancing into a Senior Instrumentation Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Instrumentation Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $98K per year.

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Popular Skills for Instrumentation Engineer


Instrumentation Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Distributed Control Systems, Instrument Control, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Specification and Engineering Design. Most people who know Instrument Control also know Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation Engineer

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


For Instrumentation Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $71K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $84K. Instrumentation Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,337

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

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Instrumentation Engineers, 21 percent above the national average. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+20 percent) and New Orleans (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is New York, which sits 9 percent below the national average.

Instrumentation Engineer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Instrumentation Engineer in South Africa:
"Points to keep in mind as an Control & Instrument Engineer."
Be a team member and learn from the challenges as much as possible in the shortest time possible. You need to have patience as well. Be proactive and taken decisive action safely. Get yourself a mentor or two.

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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$79,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
up arrow 31%


Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 4%

National Average
$79,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Technical Specification
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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