Automation Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Automation Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $73K annually. Cash earnings for Automation Engineers — including $11K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $52K to $107K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Automation Engineers is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,181 - $101,479
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$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. As Automation Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Automation Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $94K per year. Another common career choice for Automation Engineers is to move into a Controls Engineer role. Typically, Controls Engineers get paid $71K.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Object Oriented Programming, Microsoft SQL Server, and C#. Those familiar with Human-Machine Interface 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $66K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $81K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Automation Engineers make a median salary of $90K. 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

National Average: $74,028

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For those looking to make money, Automation Engineers in Raleigh enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+15 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Workers in Cincinnati and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less).

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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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