Control / Automation Technician Salary

Automation Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.59 per hour. Cash earnings for Automation Technicians — including $5K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $75K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,782 - $75,308
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$75K
MEDIAN: $55,348
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$15.94 - $30.75
(Median)
$16
$23
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,782 - $75,308  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,805  
Profit Sharing
$2.70 - $5,461  
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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$36,359 - $74,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.94 - $30.75  
   
Overtime
$22.46 - $46.50  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,805  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.70 - $5,461  
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).
)
$36,359 - $74,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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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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Many Automation Technicians move into an Automation Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $73K per year.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Powerpoint. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Technician

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


Automation Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $55K. On average, Automation Technicians make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Automation Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $62K on average.

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
$52,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Technician Salaries





Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$52,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Powerpoint
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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