Instrumentation Engineer Salary

An average Instrumentation Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $79K annually. Cash earnings of Instrumentation Engineers can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $52K to almost $123K. 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 84 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$55,019 - $114,062
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MEDIAN: $79,932
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$20.10 - $74.15
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MEDIAN: $40.24
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$0$125K
Salary $55,019 - $114,062
Bonus $0.00 - $10,424
Profit Sharing $6.79 - $10,213
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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$53,312 - $125,358
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 179
Hourly Data $0$98
Hourly Rate $20.10 - $74.15
Overtime $24.33 - $98.63
Annual Data $0$125K
Bonus $0.00 - $10,424
Profit Sharing $6.79 - $10,213
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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$53,312 - $125,358
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 44

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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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There are some Instrumentation Engineers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Instrumentation Engineers, where earnings are an average $98K annually.

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Popular Skills for Instrumentation Engineer


Instrumentation Engineers note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with Distributed Control Systems and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Technical Specification and Engineering Design. It is often found that people who know Instrument Control are also skilled in 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: $81,693

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

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Instrumentation Engineers, 20 percent higher than the national average. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+20 percent) and New Orleans (+13 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, New York is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Instrumentation Engineer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

▲23%

▲19%

▲6%

National Average
$82,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
▲31%



National Average
$82,000

Engineering Design
▼5%

Technical Specification
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 14%
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