Automation Engineer Salary

Male Automation Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $71K per year in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $12K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Automation Engineers spread between $50K and $106K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Automation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,558 - $100,375
(Median)
$52K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,336
10%
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90%

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$19.55 - $50.21
(Median)
$20
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,558 - $100,375  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,779  
Profit Sharing
$780 - $8,109  
Total Pay (?
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$50,431 - $105,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 674
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.55 - $50.21  
   
Overtime
$19.39 - $53.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,779  
   
Profit Sharing
$780 - $8,109  
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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$50,431 - $105,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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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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Advancing into a Senior Automation Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Automation Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $92K per year.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Automation Scripting, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 16 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Object Oriented Programming, Microsoft SQL Server, and SCADA. 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.


For Automation Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $65K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $80K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Automation Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $92K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Automation Engineers in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Raleigh (+16 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and San Diego (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

Automation Scripting
up arrow 26%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
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Java
up arrow 5%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
0%

National Average
$72,000

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

Robotics
up arrow 1%

SCADA
up arrow 7%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 10%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 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
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%