Senior Instrumentation Engineers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $98K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Senior Instrumentation Engineers survey respondents are men (78 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Instrumentation Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$75,504 - $134,517
(Median)
$76K
$98K
$130K
MEDIAN: $98,041
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$20.43 - $76.23
(Median)
$20
$54
$76
MEDIAN: $54.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,504 - $134,517  
   
Bonus
$824 - $27,276  
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
Total Pay (?
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$75,055 - $153,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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
$824 - $27,276  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
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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$75,055 - $153,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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Senior Instrumentation Engineers may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Control Systems Engineer. That position usually brings in $72K.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,109

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

For Senior Instrumentation Engineers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago.

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Experience Affects Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$104,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$104,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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