Control / Automation Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Automation Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $74K annually. Total cash earnings of Automation Engineers range from $55K on the low end to $108K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $6K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automation Engineers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,769 - $102,418
(Median)
$55K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,518
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$20.77 - $49.64
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$21
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,769 - $102,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,478  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $5,815  
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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$54,685 - $108,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.77 - $49.64  
   
Overtime
$29.02 - $55.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,478  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $5,815  
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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$54,685 - $108,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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


Survey results show that Automation Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with SCADA, Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 16 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skill sets containing Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation also tend to include Engineering Design and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). Most people who know Human-Machine Interface also know 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.


Automation Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $65K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. On average, Automation Engineers make $81K following one to two decades on the job. As Automation Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Automation Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 7 percent above the national average. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh.

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Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Engineer Salaries

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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$74,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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