Instrumentation Engineer Salary

Median pay for Instrumentation Engineers in the United States is around $76K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Instrumentation Engineers can bottom out near $54K or peak near $120K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Instrumentation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Instrumentation Engineers (87 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,700 - $111,063
(Median)
$54K
$76K
$110K
MEDIAN: $76,050
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$24.94 - $65.72
(Median)
$25
$37
$66
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,700 - $111,063  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,263  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $9,696  
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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$53,891 - $119,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.94 - $65.72  
   
Overtime
$27.89 - $71.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,263  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $9,696  
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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$53,891 - $119,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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 $98K), this progression is not the norm.

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Instrumentation Engineers note just a narrow range of job skills. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Specification. Instrument Control and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation Engineer

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


Instrumentation Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $71K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $82K. On average, Instrumentation Engineers make $93K following one to two decades on the job. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $109K — the plum median salary in this group.

Pay Difference by Location


For Instrumentation Engineers, busy Denver offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent) and Chicago (+7 percent).

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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$79,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries



National Average
$79,000

Technical Specification
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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