Men represent the vast majority of Automation Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $73K annually nationwide. Cash earnings of Automation Engineers can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $53K to almost $106K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$52,917 - $100,595
(Median)
$53K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,838
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$20.14 - $48.89
(Median)
$20
$31
$49
MEDIAN: $31.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,917 - $100,595  
   
Bonus
$960 - $10,280  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,119  
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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$52,671 - $105,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 910
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.14 - $48.89  
   
Overtime
$27.43 - $59.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$960 - $10,280  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,119  
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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$52,671 - $105,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 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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Automation Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Automation Engineering Manager. The latter position pays an average of $105K annually. The most common career progression for Automation Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Automation Engineer, where average pay is $95K annually. However, many Automation Engineers also opt to become Controls Engineers. Typically, a Controls Engineer brings home $72K.

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Popular Skills for Automation Engineer


Survey takers working as Automation Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Python, SQL, Distributed Control Systems, and Automation Scripting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Object Oriented Programming, C#, and Robotics. Most people who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $68K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $81K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Automation Engineers make a median salary of $88K. 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

National Average: $74,195

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

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Automation Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+20 percent), San Jose (+15 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Automation Engineer Salaries

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SQL
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Automation Scripting
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SCADA
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Selenium Automated Test Tool
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Java
up arrow 4%

Test Automation
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Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
0%

National Average
$74,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Engineering Design
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C# Programming Language
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C#
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Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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