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Control / Automation Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Automation Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $73K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Automation Engineers can bottom out near $54K or peak near $108K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city 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. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,264 - $102,234
(Median)
$54K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,094
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$20.88 - $49.54
(Median)
$21
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,264 - $102,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,659  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $8,319  
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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$54,068 - $108,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.88 - $49.54  
   
Overtime
$28.99 - $55.37  
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 - $11,659  
   
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $8,319  
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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$54,068 - $108,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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 show that Automation Engineers use a fair number of skills. 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 11 percent and 20 percent. Those proficient in Human-Machine Interface are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


For many Automation Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $76K. For Automation Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $82K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $91K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Automation Engineers that is 8 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+2 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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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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 96 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
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 9%
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