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Control / Automation Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Automation Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $73K annually. Total cash compensation to Automation Engineers bottoms out near $54K and approaches $108K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$54,267 - $102,304
(Median)
$54K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,094
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$20.88 - $49.54
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$21
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,267 - $102,304  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,635  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $8,241  
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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$53,842 - $108,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.88 - $49.54  
   
Overtime
$28.61 - $55.30  
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 - $11,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $8,241  
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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$53,842 - $108,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88

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Job Description for Control / Automation Engineer

A control or automation engineer's main responsibility is supporting all projects that involve controls or automation. They establish the company's standards for the products they help create, as well as recognize issues, address them, and implement fixes quickly and effectively. Control or automation engineers also need to devise layouts and studies to determine the best and most efficient ways to solve engineering issues that may arise. These individuals also need to work with engineers from other departments to ensure that controls fit within the design guidelines of the product as well.

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Control / Automation Engineer Tasks

  • Coach and mentor staff in use, validation, and quality control for equipment.
  • Test, validate, and ensure quality control for products.
  • Troubleshoot and maintain equipment and associated software and interfaces.
  • Assess and make recommendations about configurations, upgrades, and other process changes.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Engineer


Survey results imply that Automation Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with SCADA, Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 16 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Most people who know Human-Machine Interface also know Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Engineering Design. People who know Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation usually also know Engineering Design and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Engineer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Automation Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $65K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $76K. Automation Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $82K. Automation Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 8 percent, Automation Engineers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh.

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Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Engineer Salaries

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Robotics
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AutoCAD Electrical
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$74,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 9%
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