Instrumentation Engineer Salary

Average Instrumentation Engineers in the United States make around $79K annually. Total cash earnings of Instrumentation Engineers range from $53K on the low end to $124K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $8K, respectively. Career length 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. For the most part, Instrumentation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Instrumentation Engineers are male. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,166 - $116,900
$55K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,266
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$20.17 - $71.81
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$72
MEDIAN: $36.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,166 - $116,900  
   
Bonus
$2.93 - $10,233  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$52,998 - $124,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.17 - $71.81  
   
Overtime
$29.00 - $72.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2.93 - $10,233  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$52,998 - $124,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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

  • Supervises and trains project staff as needed.
  • Develop test requirements, specifications and systems, validation plans, reports and test procedures.
  • Inspects design projects to ensure conformance with test requirements and specifications.
  • Provide testability analysis and recommendation for project requirements.

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 $98K per year.

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Popular Skills for Instrumentation Engineer


Survey takers who work as Instrumentation Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Distributed Control Systems and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Technical Specification and Engineering Design. Those familiar with Instrument Control also tend to know Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Instrumentation Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Instrumentation Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 105 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Instrumentation Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 68 salaries. An experienced Instrumentation Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 51 salaries. An Instrumentation Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,414

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

With a pay rate for Instrumentation Engineers that is 19 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+19 percent) and New Orleans (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in New York.

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Key Stats for Instrumentation Engineer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

▲25%

▲21%

▲8%

National Average
$80,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
▲33%



National Average
$80,000

Engineering Design
▼4%

Technical Specification
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 11%