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 $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. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$51,850 - $101,630

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$20.30 - $50.61

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,850 - $101,630  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,200  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $8,081  
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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$51,433 - $107,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 757
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.30 - $50.61  
   
Overtime
$24.57 - $55.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,200  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $8,081  
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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$51,433 - $107,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Advancing into a Senior Automation Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Automation Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $92K per year. The most common promotion for Automation Engineers is a Controls Engineer position, which usually brings in $71K a year. Another standard transition for Automation Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Test Automation Engineer role, where pay is often $87K.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Automation Scripting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Selenium Automated Test Tool are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 8 percent and 22 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Object Oriented Programming, Software Development, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people skilled in Human-Machine Interface are similarly competent in 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $81K. Automation Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $88K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $92K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Automation Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 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). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, San Diego is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Cleveland and Austin earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

Automation Scripting
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Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 8%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Test Automation
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Java
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National Average
$73,000

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

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
up arrow 1%

Robotics
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 5%

SCADA
up arrow 6%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 10%

Software Development
up arrow 13%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%
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