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. Total cash compensation for Automation Engineers runs from $55K to $108K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Experience level 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. The majority of Automation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$55,020 - $102,117
(Median)
$55K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,722
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$20.77 - $49.64
(Median)
$21
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,020 - $102,117  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,635  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $6,428  
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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$54,880 - $108,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.77 - $49.64  
   
Overtime
$28.99 - $55.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $6,428  
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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$54,880 - $108,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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 suggest that Automation Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. Most people who know Human-Machine Interface also know Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Engineering Design. Skill sets containing Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation also tend to include 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $65K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $76K. Automation Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $81K. 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


Home to some of the best pay for Automation Engineers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 7 percent above the national average. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+2 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 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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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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AutoCAD
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Robotics
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National Average
$74,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 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
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

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