Control / Automation Engineer Salary

Automation Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $77K per year. Cash earnings for Automation Engineers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $52K to approximately $104K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,049 - $101,799
$52K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,001
10%
50%
90%

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$21.52 - $41.28
$22
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $28.16
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,049 - $101,799  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,972  
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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$51,720 - $104,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 264
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.52 - $41.28  
   
Overtime
$26.13 - $58.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.00 - $15,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,972  
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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$51,720 - $104,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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Job Description for Control / Automation Engineer

A control or automation engineer's main responsibility is supporting all projects that involve controls or automation. They establish the company's standards for the products they help create, as well as recognize issues, address them, and implement fixes quickly and effectively. Control or automation engineers also need to devise layouts and studies to determine the best and most efficient ways to solve engineering issues that may arise. These individuals also need to work with engineers from other departments to ensure that controls fit within the design guidelines of the product as well.

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Control / Automation Engineer Tasks

  • Troubleshoot and maintain equipment and associated software and interfaces.
  • Assess and make recommendations about configurations, upgrades, and other process changes.
  • Coach and mentor staff in use, validation, and quality control for equipment.
  • Test, validate, and ensure quality control for products.

Common Career Paths for Control / Automation Engineer


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For Automation Engineers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Automation Engineers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Automation Engineer.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, SCADA, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. The majority of those who know Human-Machine Interface also know Engineering Design and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Engineer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Automation Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $67K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $78K. Automation Engineers see a median salary of $85K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,621

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

Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Automation Engineers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Employers in Nashville and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Control / Automation Engineer

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer Salaries

▲15%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$77,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Control / Automation Engineer Salaries


▲10%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲8%



▲3%




Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
▼0%

National Average
$77,000

▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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