Automation Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automation Engineers earn an average of $72K annually. Total cash compensation to Automation Engineers bottoms out near $51K and approaches $108K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $11K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Automation Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,999 - $101,446
(Median)
$52K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,118
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$20.14 - $51.91
(Median)
$20
$31
$52
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,999 - $101,446  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,427  
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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$51,435 - $107,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 747
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.14 - $51.91  
   
Overtime
$24.09 - $56.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,427  
   
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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$51,435 - $107,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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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Many Automation Engineers move into a Senior Automation Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $92K per year. Given that the median pay is $70K, it may be surprising to find that a Controls Engineer is the most common role for Automation Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Test Automation Engineer role — which pays $87K — 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. Lucky workers who know Automation Scripting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 23 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 23 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Object Oriented Programming, Software Development, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people experienced in 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.


For Automation Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $65K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $88K in this role. 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 $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Automation Engineers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 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. Austin and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

Automation Scripting
up arrow 23%


Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 8%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 2%

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 3%

SCADA
up arrow 6%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 10%

Software Development
up arrow 13%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 18%

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
7%
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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%
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