A sizeable majority of Automation Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $77K annually. Total cash compensation to Automation Engineers approaches anywhere from $52K on the lower end to $106K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $9K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Automation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,868 - $103,124
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MEDIAN: $77,066
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$20.73 - $39.28
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MEDIAN: $27.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,868 - $103,124  
   
Bonus
$55.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,942  
Total Pay (?
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$51,580 - $105,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.73 - $39.28  
   
Overtime
$30.36 - $56.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$55.00 - $15,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,942  
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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$51,580 - $105,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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.

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Automation Engineers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Automation Engineer. Median pay for Automation Engineers is $71K.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, SCADA, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Human-Machine Interface are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. For most people, competency in Human-Machine Interface indicates knowledge of 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.


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 $67K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Automation Engineers bring in $86K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $90K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,236

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Nashville and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Control / Automation Engineer

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
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Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Engineer Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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