Wages for Senior Instrumentation Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($97K) per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Instrumentation Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. Work is enjoyable for Senior Instrumentation Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$61,444 - $132,582
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$97K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,645
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$20.27 - $76.40
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MEDIAN: $40.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$61,444 - $132,582  
   
Bonus
$795 - $27,533  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$61,683 - $155,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $76.40  
   
Overtime
$57.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$795 - $27,533  
   
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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$61,683 - $155,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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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Compensation may take a strong hit for Senior Instrumentation Engineers who move to positions like Control Systems Engineer. Control Systems Engineers usually make $72K.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,495

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. With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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 8 votes.
040
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$101,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$101,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 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
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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