Control / Automation Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Automation Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $75K per year. Total cash compensation for Automation Engineers runs from $55K to $110K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automation Engineers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,143 - $103,646
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$55K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,254
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$22.85 - $49.01
(Median)
$23
$30
$49
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,143 - $103,646  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,976  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $8,728  
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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$55,051 - $109,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.85 - $49.01  
   
Overtime
$30.08 - $55.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $8,728  
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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$55,051 - $109,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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 9 percent and 18 percent. Most people skilled in Human-Machine Interface are similarly competent in 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 Automation Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $67K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $78K. For Automation Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $91K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,576

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Automation Engineers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+17 percent) and Houston (+11 percent).

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Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Engineer Salaries

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AutoCAD Electrical
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Robotics
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National Average
$76,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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