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Instrumentation Engineer Salary

The average Instrumentation Engineer in the United States earns approximately $75K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Instrumentation Engineers spread between $53K and $117K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Instrumentation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Instrumentation Engineers (88 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,217 - $109,074
(Median)
$52K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,268
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90%

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$25.34 - $66.33
(Median)
$25
$38
$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
$52,217 - $109,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,296  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $8,877  
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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$53,201 - $117,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.34 - $66.33  
   
Overtime
$27.83 - $72.06  
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 - $10,296  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $8,877  
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).
)
$53,201 - $117,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Though some Instrumentation Engineers move into positions like Senior Instrumentation Engineer (where the average salary is $97K), this progression is not the norm.

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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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Specification. Those with knowledge of Instrument Control tend to be skilled in 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $71K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $82K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Instrumentation Engineers make a median salary of $91K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


Instrumentation Engineers will find that Denver offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is New York, which sits 1 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

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 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

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%
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