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Automation Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Automation Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $71K annually. Final cash compensation to Automation Engineers varies from around $49K to approximately $106K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $8K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$50,948 - $100,800
(Median)
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71K
86K
100K
MEDIAN: $71,490
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$19.09 - $50.34
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,948 - $100,800  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,853  
Profit Sharing
$820 - $7,804  
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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$49,262 - $106,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 595
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.09 - $50.34  
   
Overtime
$18.75 - $56.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,853  
   
Profit Sharing
$820 - $7,804  
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).
)
$49,262 - $106,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Survey results suggest that Automation Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Selenium Automated Test Tool, Automation Scripting, Test Automation, and Distributed Control Systems are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Object Oriented Programming. For most people, competency in Human-Machine Interface indicates knowledge of Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Automation Engineer

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


For many Automation Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $64K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $79K. Automation Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Automation Engineers that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+20 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Raleigh (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 18%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 17%




Java
up arrow 5%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
up arrow 1%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
0%

National Average
$72,000

Robotics
up arrow 1%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%