Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salary

On average, Senior Instrumentation Engineers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($97K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Instrumentation Engineers. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$61,444 - $132,582
$61K
$97K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,645
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$20.43 - $76.23
$20
$51
$76
MEDIAN: $50.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$61,444 - $132,582  
   
Bonus
$800 - $27,480  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$61,933 - $154,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$20.43 - $76.23  
   
Overtime
$57.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$800 - $27,480  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$61,933 - $154,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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Job Description for Senior Instrumentation Engineer

Senior instrumentation engineers come up with project designs and ideas for new facility equipment in a distributed control system. They also develop analysis reports that detail why equipment in a facility may or may not have failed, and they provide assistance to maintenance staff as needed. Generally, a senior instrumentation engineer will act as a liaison between a company creating new technologies and the company that the senior instrumentation engineer is working for.

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Senior Instrumentation Engineer Tasks

  • Review designs and plans to determine feasibility and compliance, to estimate costs and timelines, and to commission projects.
  • Review and guide construction plans and processes for projects, sites, and equipment.
  • Prepare calculations and documentation, make improvements, and recommend implementation processes.

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Senior Instrumentation Engineers' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Control Systems Engineer. The typical income for a Control Systems Engineer is $72K.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,983

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

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Instrumentation Engineers, 23 percent higher than the national average. Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent.

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Key Stats for Senior Instrumentation Engineer

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
42%
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Experience Affects Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

▲21%

▲12%

National Average
$102,000

Mid-Career
▼9%

Skills That Affect Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries


National Average
$102,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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