Control / Automation Technician Salary
|Salary||$39,840 - $81,231|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $4,973|
|Profit Sharing||$-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).)
|$36,332 - $78,719|
|Hourly Rate||$15.50 - $32.41|
|Overtime||$22.44 - $48.90|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $4,973|
|Profit Sharing||$-0.49 - $6,851|
|Total Pay (||$36,332 - $78,719|
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.Read More...
In all of their tasks, control/automation technicians must follow strict company standards and established safety regulations.These technicians generally work in a plant environment and report their progress to the control or automation manager in their department. They should have working knowledge of electrical controls and system, as well as a solid knowledge of motion control,and pneumatics. Control/automation technicians should be able to identify wiring principles and panel layout, in addition to hydraulics control troubleshooting.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position. Previous experience working with electronics are preferred, and additional training in machine automation may be helpful. They must possess strong interpersonal skills to communicate with colleagues about issues as they arise. They should work well in a team setting with other technicians, but also work effectively on their own.
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
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.
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
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).
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