Automation Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.29 per hour. Total cash compensation for Automation Technicians runs from $36K to $77K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$39,443 - $80,479
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$80K
MEDIAN: $58,913
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$15.63 - $32.38
(Median)
$16
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,443 - $80,479  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $5,172  
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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$36,439 - $77,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.63 - $32.38  
   
Overtime
$22.22 - $47.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $5,172  
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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$36,439 - $77,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 374
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Job Description for Control / Automation Technician

Control/automation technicians are in charge of providing technical solutions to automation-related tasks for their organization. They are responsible for designing programs for logic controllers, as well as providing maintenance for programmable devices used in production equipment. Control/automation technicians also ensure correct performance of motion controllers and human machine interfaces. They repair and debug control devices to avoid production loss, as well as create documentation based on the schematics and wiring plans for each device. Additionally, control/automation technicians create sketches of electrical circuits using specialized computer programs. Control/automation technicians also label circuit wiring, test and monitor equipment for compliance with engineering specifications, and identify operational problems. Technicians also must follow electrical regulations and inspect controllers to ensure code compliance.

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Control / Automation Technician Tasks

  • Create and audit maintenance tasks, procedures, and logs, and maintain documentation of downtime and repairs.
  • Build and implement improvements and fixes.
  • Diagnose, test, and debug complex equipment, and include recommendations for operation.
  • Program, modify, and audit programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

Common Career Paths for Control / Automation Technician


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As Automation Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Automation Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Automation Engineers earn $73K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Technician


Survey results imply that Automation Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Microsoft Excel, Windows Operating System General Use, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human-Machine Interface and Robotics. Most people familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also know Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Technician

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


For many Automation Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $58K. Automation Technicians see a median salary of $63K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,277

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Automation Technicians that is 32 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Automation Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+30 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), and Las Vegas (+16 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Automation Technician's salary, with Minneapolis Automation Technicians earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Workers in Oklahoma City and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

Control / Automation Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Control / Automation Technician?

Control / Automation Technician in Mountain Home:
"Hardwork But Fulfilling."
Pros: The work that you do saves peoples lives, most of your co-workers are great. Able to flex hours for family.
Cons: Management is soft, people get away with to much.

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Experience Affects Control / Automation Technician Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Technician Salaries








Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Powerpoint
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$53,000

autodesk autocad
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Robotics
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Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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