Control / Automation Engineer Salary with Distributed Control Systems (DCS) skills

Automation Engineers with Distributed Control Systems (DCS) skills pull down an average of $84K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$60,445 - $129,300
(Median)
$60K
$84K
$130K
MEDIAN: $84,371
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$26.91 - $52.33
(Median)
$27
$30
$52
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,445 - $129,300  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,276  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,620  
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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$60,931 - $139,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$26.91 - $52.33  
   
Overtime
$32.88 - $80.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,276  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,620  
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).
)
$60,931 - $139,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Engineer with Distributed Control Systems (DCS) skills

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Automation Engineers with Distributed Control Systems (DCS) skills — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $77K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $85K. Automation Engineers with Distributed Control Systems (DCS) skills bring in $91K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $106K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer with Distributed Control Systems (DCS) skills Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$86,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 4%
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