Instrumentation Engineer Salary

Instrumentation Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $75K annually. Final cash compensation to Instrumentation Engineers varies from around $53K to approximately $119K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $9K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Instrumentation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male Instrumentation Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$51,404 - $109,014
(Median)
$51K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,934
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$25.34 - $66.33
(Median)
$25
$38
$66
MEDIAN: $37.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,404 - $109,014  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $9,000  
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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$52,738 - $118,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.34 - $66.33  
   
Overtime
$27.76 - $69.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $9,000  
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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$52,738 - $118,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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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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Many Instrumentation Engineers move into a Senior Instrumentation Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $97K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Instrumentation Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 8 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Instrument Control to be familiar with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation Engineer

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


For many Instrumentation Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $71K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $81K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instrumentation Engineers make a median salary of $90K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


Denver is home to an above-average pay rate for Instrumentation Engineers, 22 percent higher than the national average. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+8 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$78,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 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
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%