Control / Automation Technician Salary (United States)

Most Automation Technicians in the United States are men, earning an average of $22.48 per hour. Pay ranges from $15.58 per hour on the low end to $30.75 on the higher side. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $4,069 and $5,106, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $34,024 or peak near $74,565. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Most Automation Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Control / Automation Technician Salary (?
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$34,024 - $74,565
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MEDIAN: $55,464
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Control / Automation Technician Salary (?
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$15.58 - $30.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,024 - $74,565  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,069  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,106  
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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$34,375 - $73,843  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.58 - $30.75  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $46.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,069  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,106  
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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$34,375 - $73,843  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 348
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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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Automation Technicians who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Automation Engineer may make an additional $20K per year than lower-end positions.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Technician

Automation Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 10 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Powerpoint and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though starting salaries approximate $46K, they climb to $55K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $61K after one to two decades. Pay actually shrinks for Automation Technicians after two decades in the profession, averaging $60K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 18 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Denver
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$52,000
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For Automation Technicians, busy Denver offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 7 percent above the national average. Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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 NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Visual Basic (VB)
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$52,000
Microsoft Office
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Powerpoint
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%
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