Men represent the vast majority of Automation Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $73K per year nationwide. Total cash earnings of Automation Engineers range from $52K on the low end to $104K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $12K, respectively. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automation Engineers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$53,361 - $99,526
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MEDIAN: $72,923
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$19.47 - $46.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,361 - $99,526  
   
Bonus
$742 - $10,217  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $11,776  
Total Pay (?
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$52,277 - $104,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 961
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.47 - $46.14  
   
Overtime
$26.11 - $59.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$742 - $10,217  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $11,776  
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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$52,277 - $104,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 154

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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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Automation Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Automation Engineering Manager. The average Automation Engineering Manager brings home $105K per year. With an annual salary of $96K, Senior Automation Engineer is the most common role for Automation Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Controls Engineer role — which usually pays $72K — is also typical for Automation Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Python, SQL, Distributed Control Systems, and SCADA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C#, SolidWorks, and C# Programming Language. 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 many Automation Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $68K, 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. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $91K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,125

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Automation Engineers, 27 percent above the national average. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+23 percent), Atlanta (+22 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Cincinnati and 4 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 108 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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