Instrumentation Engineer Salary

An average Instrumentation Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $78K annually. Total cash compensation for Instrumentation Engineers runs from $54K to $120K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more male Instrumentation Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Instrumentation Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$53,915 - $112,799
(Median)
$54K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $78,258
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$24.17 - $66.34
(Median)
$24
$36
$66
MEDIAN: $36.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,915 - $112,799  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,461  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $8,170  
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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$53,509 - $120,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.17 - $66.34  
   
Overtime
$23.18 - $71.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,461  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $8,170  
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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$53,509 - $120,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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

  • 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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While not commonly seen, Instrumentation Engineers who transition into a Senior Instrumentation Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Instrumentation Engineers is $98K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Instrumentation Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Instrument Control, Engineering Design, and Technical Specification are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Specification. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation is a skill commonly found among those who know Instrument Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation Engineer

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


For many Instrumentation Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $71K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $84K. For Instrumentation Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $100K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,909

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

For Instrumentation Engineers, busy Denver offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+19 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent). New York is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries



Engineering Design
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National Average
$80,000

Technical Specification
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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