The average Instrumentation Engineer in the United States earns approximately $79K per year. Total incomes of Instrumentation Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $53K and $124K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Instrumentation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Instrumentation Engineers (85 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,972 - $115,926
$55K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,436
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$20.17 - $73.97
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$37
$74
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,972 - $115,926  
   
Bonus
$2.70 - $10,468  
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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$52,623 - $123,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.17 - $73.97  
   
Overtime
$28.81 - $60.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2.70 - $10,468  
   
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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$52,623 - $123,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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 often transition into Senior Instrumentation Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Instrumentation Engineers earn $98K per year.

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Popular Skills for Instrumentation Engineer


Instrumentation Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Distributed Control Systems and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Technical Specification and Engineering Design. Most people skilled in Instrument Control are similarly competent in Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation Engineer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $71K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $86K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $97K. Instrumentation Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $100K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,533

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

With a pay rate for Instrumentation Engineers that is 22 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.

Instrumentation Engineer Advice

Q: 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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Key Stats for Instrumentation Engineer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$81,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
up arrow 29%



National Average
$81,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 5%

Technical Specification
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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