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Instrumentation Engineer Salary

The average Instrumentation Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $75K per year. In the world of Instrumentation Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $9K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $53K and $118K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Instrumentation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The vast majority (88 percent) of Instrumentation Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,223 - $109,594
(Median)
$51K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,871
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$25.76 - $64.92
(Median)
$26
$37
$65
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,223 - $109,594  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,297  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $9,123  
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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$52,824 - $118,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$25.76 - $64.92  
   
Overtime
$28.03 - $76.55  
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,297  
   
Profit Sharing
$974 - $9,123  
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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$52,824 - $118,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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Instrumentation Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like Senior Instrumentation Engineer. Median pay for a Senior Instrumentation Engineer is $97K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Instrumentation Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Many workers who know Instrument Control also know Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation Engineer

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


For many Instrumentation Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $70K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $83K on average. Instrumentation Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $112K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Instrumentation Engineers in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 7 percent above the national average. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$78,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%