Instrumentation Engineer Salary

The average Instrumentation Engineer in the United States earns approximately $78K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Instrumentation Engineers can bottom out at $53K or peak near $123K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men make up the vast majority of Instrumentation Engineers (83 percent) who took the survey. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,805 - $112,386
$55K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $78,458
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$20.17 - $73.97
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$74
MEDIAN: $39.02
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$0$123K
Salary $54,805 - $112,386
Bonus $0.34 - $10,231
Profit Sharing $3.86 - $10,137
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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$52,658 - $123,341
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 179
Hourly Data $0$98
Hourly Rate $20.17 - $73.97
Overtime $24.33 - $98.63
Annual Data $0$123K
Bonus $0.34 - $10,231
Profit Sharing $3.86 - $10,137
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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$52,658 - $123,341
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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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While Instrumentation Engineers do not often become Senior Instrumentation Engineers, the job pays $98K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Instrumentation Engineer


Survey results imply that Instrumentation Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Distributed Control Systems and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Specification and Engineering Design. Those proficient in Instrument Control are, more often than not, 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: $80,063

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 (+19 percent) and New Orleans (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, New York is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Key Stats for Instrumentation Engineer

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

▲26%

▲21%

▲8%

National Average
$80,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
▲33%



National Average
$80,000

Engineering Design
▼3%

Technical Specification
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 14%
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