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Automation Engineer Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Automation Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $70K annually nationwide. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Automation Engineers can bottom out near $49K or peak near $104K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all employees, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Automation Engineer Salary (?
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$50,205 - $99,229
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MEDIAN: $70,287
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Automation Engineer Salary (?
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$18.89 - $47.11
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,205 - $99,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,776  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $7,946  
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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$48,644 - $104,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 558
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.89 - $47.11  
   
Overtime
$18.88 - $55.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,776  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $7,946  
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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$48,644 - $104,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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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.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer

Automation Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Selenium Automated Test Tool, Automation Scripting, and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Object Oriented Programming. Most people familiar with 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.
Automation Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $63K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $78K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Automation Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $91K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a majority land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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New Orleans
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National Average
$71,000
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For Automation Engineers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Minneapolis, Boston, Denver, and Seattle are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Automation Engineers earning around 24 percent, 20 percent, 18 percent, and 18 percent more than average. Austin is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and San Diego (5 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

Selenium Automated Test Tool
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Automation Scripting
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Java
up arrow 9%
Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Robotics
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National Average
$71,000
Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%