Automation Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Automation Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $73K per year. Cash earnings for Automation Engineers — which occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $52K to approximately $107K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automation Engineers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,181 - $101,479
(Median)
$52K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,922
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$20.25 - $49.54
(Median)
$20
$31
$50
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,181 - $101,479  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,600  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $8,204  
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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$51,864 - $106,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 981
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.25 - $49.54  
   
Overtime
$27.00 - $58.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,600  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $8,204  
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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$51,864 - $106,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Automation Engineers sometimes become Automation Engineering Managers, where the average income is $105K per year. Becoming a Senior Automation Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Automation Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $94K. Another frequent advance is for Automation Engineers to assume a Controls Engineer role; in this role, workers often earn $71K.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Automated Testing, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and Automation Scripting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Object Oriented Programming, Microsoft SQL Server, and C#. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $66K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $81K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Automation Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $90K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $92K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,028

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Automation Engineers, Raleigh provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Cincinnati and Cleveland earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 3 percent.

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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

Automated Testing
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Engineering Design
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SQL
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Java
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Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
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National Average
$74,000

Test Automation
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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SCADA
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Robotics
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C#
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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