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Automation Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Automation Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $72K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation for Automation Engineers runs from $51K to $106K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Automation Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$51,854 - $100,598
(Median)
$52K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,721
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50%
90%

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$19.57 - $50.08
(Median)
$20
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,854 - $100,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,388  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $8,027  
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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$50,605 - $106,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 680
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.57 - $50.08  
   
Overtime
$19.49 - $53.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,388  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $8,027  
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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$50,605 - $106,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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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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Automation Engineers who move on to become Senior Automation Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Automation Engineers get paid an average of $92K per year.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Automation Scripting, Selenium Automated Test Tool, Distributed Control Systems, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Object Oriented Programming, Software Development, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those proficient in Human-Machine Interface are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Automation Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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 $80K. Automation Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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 $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


Automation Engineers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Raleigh (+16 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Pittsburgh (+11 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Indianapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (5 percent less) and San Diego (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

Automation Scripting
up arrow 17%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 12%



Java
up arrow 5%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
0%

Test Automation
0%

National Average
$73,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 1%

Robotics
up arrow 2%

SCADA
up arrow 7%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 9%

Software Development
up arrow 10%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 17%

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
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%
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