Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automation Engineers earn an average of $78K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Automation Engineers can bottom out near $53K or peak near $106K 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 almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Automation Engineers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,971 - $103,420
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$54K
$78K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,696
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$20.96 - $39.15
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$39
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,971 - $103,420  
   
Bonus
$10.30 - $15,050  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,128  
Total Pay (?
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$52,640 - $105,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.96 - $39.15  
   
Overtime
$29.73 - $55.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$10.30 - $15,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,128  
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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$52,640 - $105,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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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Many Automation Engineers move into an Automation Engineer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Automation Engineers on average bring in a similar salary to Automation Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, SCADA, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. The majority of those who know Human-Machine Interface 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 Automation Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $67K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $78K. Automation Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Automation Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $89K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,554

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

For Automation Engineers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), Boston (+6 percent), and Milwaukee (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville (4 percent lower) and Chicago (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Engineer Salaries


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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$77,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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