Control / Automation Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Automation Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $22.45 per hour. In the world of Automation Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $36K and $76K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Automation Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,027 - $78,580
(Median)
$39K
$58K
$79K
MEDIAN: $57,734
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$15.55 - $31.26
(Median)
$16
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,027 - $78,580  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $6,904  
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 - $76,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $31.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$21.85 - $47.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $6,904  
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 - $76,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 448
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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).

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Automation Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Automation Engineer. The average Automation Engineer brings home $73K per year.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Technician


Survey takers working as Automation Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. 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 7 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human-Machine Interface. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $57K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Automation Technicians make a median salary of $62K. Automation Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $64K.

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
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Powerpoint
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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