Control / Automation Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Automation Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $22.31 per hour. Final cash compensation to Automation Technicians varies from around $36K to approximately $79K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $7K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,840 - $81,231
$40K
$59K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,273
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$15.50 - $32.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,840 - $81,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,973  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $6,851  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$36,332 - $78,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.50 - $32.41  
   
Overtime
$22.44 - $48.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,973  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $6,851  
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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$36,332 - $78,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 363

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Control / Automation Technician


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Automation Technicians who advance into the role of an Automation Engineer are fairly uncommon. Automation Engineers on average earn $73K per year. Automation Technicians most often move into positions as Controls Engineers or Automation Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $18K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Technician


Automation Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human-Machine Interface, Robotics, and Visual Basic. The majority of those who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Technician

Pay by Experience for a Control / Automation Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Control / Automation Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 263 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Control / Automation Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 166 salaries. An experienced Control / Automation Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 141 salaries. A Control / Automation Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 71 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,136

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With a pay rate for Automation Technicians that is 30 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Automation Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+27 percent), Houston (+25 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). For Automation Technicians, less-than-desirable salaries can be found in smaller cities: Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, and Denver (three locations with fewer than a million residents) offer unpopular pay rates — less than the national average for those in this field and lower than any other city in the United States as well. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Oklahoma City (17 percent lower) and Denver (16 percent lower).

Control / Automation Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Control / Automation Technician

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Control / Automation Technician Salaries

▲30%

▲17%

▲9%

National Average
$54,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Control / Automation Technician Salaries










National Average
$54,000

▼1%


▼2%

Visual Basic (VB)
▼3%

▼5%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
▼8%

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
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 15%