Control / Automation Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automation Engineers earn an average of $77K annually. Overall cash earnings for Automation Engineers stretch from $51K on the lower end to $106K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $16K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,638 - $103,694
$52K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,743
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$19.87 - $41.28
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$28
$41
MEDIAN: $28.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,638 - $103,694  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $15,552  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,942  
Total Pay (?
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$51,280 - $106,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.87 - $41.28  
   
Overtime
$26.13 - $58.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$102.13 - $15,552  
   
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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$51,280 - $106,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 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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Many Automation Engineers move into an Automation Engineer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Automation Engineers on average bring in a similar salary to Automation Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, SCADA, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. Most people familiar with Human-Machine Interface also know Engineering Design and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Control / Automation Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Control / Automation Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 152 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Control / Automation Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 99 salaries. An experienced Control / Automation Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 91 salaries. A Control / Automation Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 44 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,361

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 (+14 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. 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
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer Salaries

▲16%

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$76,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Control / Automation Engineer Salaries


▲10%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲9%



▲3%




Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
▼0%

National Average
$76,000

▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 8%
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