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Control / Automation Technician Salary with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills

Automation Technicians with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills can expect wages of $23.80 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Automation Technicians with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills ranges from $40K on the lower end to $78K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Automation Technicians with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,838 - $79,932
(Median)
$36K
$57K
$80K
MEDIAN: $56,609
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$17.31 - $31.02
(Median)
$17
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,838 - $79,932  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,203  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$39,513 - $77,779  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.31 - $31.02  
   
Overtime
$24.90 - $49.69  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,203  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$39,513 - $77,779  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183

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Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Technician with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $47K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $57K. Automation Technicians with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $64K.

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Experience Affects Control / Automation Technician with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%
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