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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 $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $50K and $106K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Automation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,684 - $100,779
(Median)
$52K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,798
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$19.66 - $49.25
(Median)
$20
$30
$49
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,684 - $100,779  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,448  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $8,027  
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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$50,497 - $105,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 697
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.66 - $49.25  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $55.76  
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 - $10,448  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $8,027  
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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$50,497 - $105,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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 $92K per year.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Automation Scripting, Distributed Control Systems, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Object Oriented Programming, Software Development, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people familiar with Human-Machine Interface also know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Automation Engineer

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


Automation Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $65K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $80K. On average, Automation Engineers make $87K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $91K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Automation Engineers that is 19 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 Raleigh (+16 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Denver (+11 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (5 percent lower) and San Diego (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

Automation Scripting
up arrow 17%


Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 10%


Java
up arrow 4%

Test Automation
up arrow 1%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
0%

National Average
$73,000

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

Robotics
up arrow 2%

SCADA
up arrow 8%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 9%

Software Development
up arrow 11%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 17%

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
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%
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