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Control / Automation Engineer Salary

Automation Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $72K per year. Total cash earnings of Automation Engineers range from $53K on the low end to $108K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $11K and $8K, respectively. 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. Most Automation Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$53,831 - $102,159
(Median)
$54K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,499
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$20.14 - $50.33
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$20
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,831 - $102,159  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,621  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $8,378  
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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$53,343 - $108,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 360
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.14 - $50.33  
   
Overtime
$27.96 - $55.22  
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 - $10,621  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $8,378  
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).
)
$53,343 - $108,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90

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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


Automation Engineers seem to require a number of specific 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 13 percent and 20 percent. For most people, competency in Human-Machine Interface indicates knowledge of 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.


Automation Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $64K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $81K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $91K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Automation Engineers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 8 percent. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+3 percent).

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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 102 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 10%