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Control / Automation Engineer Salary

Automation Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $71K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Automation Engineers spread between $53K and $108K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automation Engineers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$53,367 - $100,653
(Median)
53K
71K
84K
100K
MEDIAN: $71,306
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$20.01 - $50.33
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,367 - $100,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,227  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $8,566  
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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$52,926 - $107,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 363
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.01 - $50.33  
   
Overtime
$28.28 - $56.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,227  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $8,566  
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).
)
$52,926 - $107,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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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

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

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in SCADA, Distributed Control Systems, Engineering Design, and Human-Machine Interface are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 16 percent. Most people familiar with Human-Machine Interface also know Engineering Design and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). It is often found that people who know Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are also skilled in Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Engineering Design.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $64K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $74K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Automation Engineers make a median salary of $81K. Automation Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Automation Engineers, 8 percent higher than the national average. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Engineer Salaries

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Robotics
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD Electrical
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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National Average
$73,000

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 9%