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

Median pay for Automation Technicians with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills lies in the neighborhood of $23.85 per hour. Overall incomes of Automation Technicians with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills generally bottom out at around $39K and peak near $78K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,702 - $80,704
(Median)
$36K
$58K
$81K
MEDIAN: $57,621
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$17.48 - $31.20
(Median)
$17
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,702 - $80,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,117  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,228  
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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$39,468 - $78,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.48 - $31.20  
   
Overtime
$25.70 - $49.90  
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 - $5,117  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,228  
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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$39,468 - $78,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174

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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.


Automation Technicians with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 see a median salary of $62K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Automation Technicians with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation skills 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 $67K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%