Control / Automation Engineer Salary

Male Automation Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $74K per year in the United States. Cash earnings for Automation Engineers — which occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $55K to approximately $109K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Automation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$54,826 - $102,935

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$21.84 - $49.73

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,826 - $102,935  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,716  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $6,539  
Total Pay (?
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$54,955 - $108,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 371
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Hourly Rate
$21.84 - $49.73  
   
Overtime
$29.88 - $55.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,716  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $6,539  
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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$54,955 - $108,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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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.

Common Career Paths for Control / Automation Engineer


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Automation Engineers who transition into an upper level Automation Engineer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Automation Engineer makes $71K a year.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in SCADA, Distributed Control Systems, Engineering Design, and Human-Machine Interface are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 19 percent. Skill sets containing Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation also tend to include Engineering Design and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). Those proficient in Human-Machine Interface are, more often than not, also skilled in Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Engineer

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


Automation Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $65K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $76K. On average, Automation Engineers make $82K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $92K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Automation Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 8 percent above the national average. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh.

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Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Engineer Salaries

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AutoCAD
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National Average
$75,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Robotics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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