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 $74K annually. Overall incomes of Automation Engineers generally bottom out at around $54K and peak near $104K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Automation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$55,619 - $99,168
$56K
$74K
$99K
MEDIAN: $74,011
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$17.66 - $47.14
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$47
MEDIAN: $30.18
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$0$104K
Salary $55,619 - $99,168
Bonus $736 - $10,405
Profit Sharing $30.91 - $10,174
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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$54,000 - $104,412
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,014
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $17.66 - $47.14
Overtime $25.85 - $59.32
Annual Data $0$104K
Bonus $736 - $10,405
Profit Sharing $30.91 - $10,174
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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$54,000 - $104,412
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 162

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Automation Engineer


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At the upper end, Automation Engineers who move into an Automation Engineering Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Automation Engineering Managers is a much higher $106K per year. The most common career progression for Automation Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Automation Engineer, where average pay is $95K annually. However, many Automation Engineers also opt to become Controls Engineers. Typically, a Controls Engineer brings home $72K.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in autodesk autocad, Python, SQL, and Distributed Control Systems are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C# Programming Language, SolidWorks, and Robotics. Most people skilled in Human-Machine Interface are similarly competent in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Automation Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Automation Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Automation Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 704 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automation Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 329 salaries. An experienced Automation Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 205 salaries. An Automation Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 84 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,272

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Automation Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+21 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 6 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati and Austin (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Automation Engineer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries

▲23%

▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$75,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

autodesk autocad
▲9%

SQL
▲7%

▲7%


▲2%


National Average
$75,000

Test Automation
▼1%


Java
▼1%




▼5%


SolidWorks
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 8%
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