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 per year. Total cash compensation to Automation Engineers varies from $53K to $106K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Automation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,363 - $100,095
$54K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,774
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$19.20 - $49.19
$19
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$49
MEDIAN: $30.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,363 - $100,095  
   
Bonus
$967 - $10,482  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $10,265  
Total Pay (?
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$52,959 - $105,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,010
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.20 - $49.19  
   
Overtime
$25.85 - $59.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$967 - $10,482  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $10,265  
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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$52,959 - $105,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 166

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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. A Senior Automation Engineer role is the most common promotion for Automation Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $95K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Automation Engineers is a Controls Engineer position, where earnings are usually $72K.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C# Programming Language, SolidWorks, and Robotics. Most people familiar with Human-Machine Interface also know 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: $75,009

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With a pay rate for Automation Engineers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+21 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Cincinnati and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 2 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 120 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries

▲24%

▲20%

▲8%

National Average
$75,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

autodesk autocad
▲10%

SQL
▲7%

▲7%


▲3%



National Average
$75,000

Test Automation
▼1%

Java
▼1%




▼5%


SolidWorks
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 8%
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