Instrumentation Engineer Salary

Instrumentation Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $76K annually. Total incomes of Instrumentation Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $53K and $120K. Experience level 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 87 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 information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,913 - $111,062
(Median)
$53K
$76K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,753
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$24.94 - $65.72
(Median)
$25
$37
$66
MEDIAN: $36.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,913 - $111,062  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,271  
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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$53,369 - $119,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 (?
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,271  
   
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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$53,369 - $119,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Instrumentation Engineers often transition into Senior Instrumentation Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Instrumentation Engineers earn $98K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Instrumentation Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation and Instrument Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Specification. Aptitude in Instrument Control tends to also indicate an understanding of Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Instrumentation Engineer

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


Instrumentation Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $71K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $82K. Instrumentation Engineers see a median salary of $93K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


Denver is home to an above-average pay rate for Instrumentation Engineers, 21 percent higher than the national average. Instrumentation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent) and Chicago (+8 percent).

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Experience Affects Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

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 77 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
34%
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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