Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salary

Senior Instrumentation Engineers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under two-thirds of Senior Instrumentation Engineers. Pay fluctuates from $61K to $155K per year, but expected earnings average $96K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Senior Instrumentation Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$60,756 - $133,608
$61K
$96K
$130K
MEDIAN: $95,643
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$20.27 - $76.40
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$60
$76
MEDIAN: $60.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$60,756 - $133,608  
   
Bonus
$795 - $20,134  
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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$60,987 - $155,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $76.40  
   
Overtime
$60.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$795 - $20,134  
   
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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$60,987 - $155,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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: $99,685

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

For Senior Instrumentation Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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Key Stats for Senior Instrumentation Engineer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

▲24%

▲15%

National Average
$100,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Skills That Affect Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries



National Average
$100,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 4%
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