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Instrumentation Engineer Salary (United States)

Instrumentation Engineers in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $74K annually. In the world of Instrumentation Engineers, overall income ranges from $53K near the bottom to $112K at the top; this can include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. In this field, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Instrumentation Engineers are male. Work is enjoyable for Instrumentation Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Instrumentation Engineer Salary (?
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$51,580 - $105,521
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MEDIAN: $74,362
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Instrumentation Engineer Salary (?
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$25.76 - $64.92
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,580 - $105,521  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,136  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $9,696  
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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$53,185 - $112,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$25.76 - $64.92  
   
Overtime
$27.90 - $76.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,136  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $9,696  
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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$53,185 - $112,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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.

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Typical 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 14 percent and 10 percent respectively. 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.
For many Instrumentation Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $71K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $83K in this role. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $111K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a fair portion land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in seven of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around a tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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$78,000
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Instrumentation Engineers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 8 percent. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%