Automation Engineer Salary (United States)

Very much a male dominated career in the United States, Automation Engineers earn an average of $70,864 annually. The top of the range reaches $104,428 per year, and the bottom approaches $48,644. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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 (?
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$48,644 - $104,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 558
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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

Survey results suggest that Automation Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Object Oriented Programming (OOP). Those familiar with Human-Machine Interface (HMI) also tend to 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 with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. At career start, salaries are typically $63K, which grows to $78K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $88K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Automation Engineers who have made it this far report earning around $100K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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New Orleans
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National Average
$71,000
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Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Automation Engineers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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. Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (-5 percent) and San Diego (-1 percent).

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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
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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%