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Instrumentation Engineer Salary

Average Instrumentation Engineers in the United States make around $76K per year. Total incomes of Instrumentation Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $9K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $53K and $119K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Instrumentation Engineers (87 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Instrumentation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$52,770 - $110,854
(Median)
$53K
$76K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,542
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$24.89 - $65.92
(Median)
$25
$37
$66
MEDIAN: $37.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,770 - $110,854  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,279  
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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$53,485 - $118,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.89 - $65.92  
   
Overtime
$27.89 - $71.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,279  
   
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).
)
$53,485 - $118,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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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Instrumentation Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Instrumentation Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $97K per year.

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Instrumentation Engineers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $71K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $82K. Instrumentation Engineers see a median salary of $93K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Instrumentation Engineers, working in the bustling city of Denver has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent) and Chicago (+8 percent). New York is the lowest-paying area, 1 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$79,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries



National Average
$79,000

Technical Specification
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%
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