Automation Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Automation Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $72K annually. In the world of Automation Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $51K and $107K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. For the most part, Automation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$52,051 - $101,545
(Median)
$52K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,174
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$20.11 - $49.68
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,051 - $101,545  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,464  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $8,170  
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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$51,449 - $106,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 741
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.11 - $49.68  
   
Overtime
$24.09 - $56.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,464  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $8,170  
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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$51,449 - $106,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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Job Description for Automation Engineer

Automation engineers are in charge of creating an effective production workflow in their organization. They implement complex electrical and mechanical installation support to ensure efficient equipment output and strict compliance with safety regulations. In addition, they handle daily technical support requests for improving special machinery functioning. As they are also responsible of planning and executing company initiatives, they should know the assembly process for different industry machinery. Most automation engineers handle workers' training in the use of manufacturing equipment. They must have current and advanced knowledge of different programming language syntax to deal with automated machinery issues.

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Automation Engineer Tasks

  • Manage operational activities and partnerships to ensure secure supply chain.
  • Resolve supply chain, software, and warranty issues.
  • Develop, deploy, and manage automation at production facilities.

Common Career Paths for Automation Engineer


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Automation Engineers who move on to become Senior Automation Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Automation Engineers get paid an average of $93K per year. More often than not, a Controls Engineer role is the next step for Automation Engineers moving up in the field. Pay for Controls Engineers is usually $71K. Many Automation Engineers choose to take on a Test Automation Engineer role instead, where salaries are typically $87K.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Automation Scripting, Distributed Control Systems, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Object Oriented Programming, Software Development, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those familiar with Human-Machine Interface also tend to know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Automation Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Automation Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $65K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $88K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Automation Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+16 percent), Raleigh (+14 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Denver (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, San Diego is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Austin and 3 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

Automation Scripting
up arrow 19%


Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 7%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Java
up arrow 4%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
0%

National Average
$73,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
up arrow 1%

Robotics
up arrow 3%

SCADA
up arrow 6%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 10%

Software Development
up arrow 11%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%
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