Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salary

Senior Instrumentation Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $98K) surpassing six figures annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Senior Instrumentation Engineers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$70,580 - $144,654
(Median)
$71K
$98K
$140K
MEDIAN: $98,321
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$31.20 - $75.42
(Median)
$31
$57
$75
MEDIAN: $57.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,580 - $144,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,386  
Profit Sharing
$3,931 - $5,097  
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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$73,328 - $154,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$31.20 - $75.42  
   
Overtime
$37.75 - $94.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,386  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,931 - $5,097  
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).
)
$73,328 - $154,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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

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

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Survey takers who work as Senior Instrumentation Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Project Management and Engineering Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Employees educated in Engineering Design are typically practiced in Project Management, too.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Instrumentation Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago.

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Experience Affects Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$106,000

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries


Project Management
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National Average
$106,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 15%
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