Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salary

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. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$70,452 - $144,924
(Median)
$70K
$98K
$140K
MEDIAN: $98,103
10%
50%
90%

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$31.20 - $75.42
(Median)
$31
$57
$75
MEDIAN: $57.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,452 - $144,924  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,322  
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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$73,192 - $153,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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 - $20,322  
   
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).
)
$73,192 - $153,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Senior Instrumentation Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Project Management and Engineering Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Engineering Design and Project Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Instrumentation Engineers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. In Chicago, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Senior Instrumentation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$105,000

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
$105,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

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: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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