Control / Automation Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Automation Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $22.52 per hour. In the world of Automation Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $36K and $74K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,176 - $76,054

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$15.89 - $30.76

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,176 - $76,054  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
Profit Sharing
$2.70 - $5,461  
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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$36,330 - $74,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.89 - $30.76  
   
Overtime
$22.20 - $46.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.70 - $5,461  
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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$36,330 - $74,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
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Job Description for Control / Automation Technician

Control/automation technicians are in charge of providing technical solutions to automation-related tasks for their organization. They are responsible for designing programs for logic controllers, as well as providing maintenance for programmable devices used in production equipment. Control/automation technicians also ensure correct performance of motion controllers and human machine interfaces. They repair and debug control devices to avoid production loss, as well as create documentation based on the schematics and wiring plans for each device. Additionally, control/automation technicians create sketches of electrical circuits using specialized computer programs. Control/automation technicians also label circuit wiring, test and monitor equipment for compliance with engineering specifications, and identify operational problems. Technicians also must follow electrical regulations and inspect controllers to ensure code compliance.

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Control / Automation Technician Tasks

  • Create and audit maintenance tasks, procedures, and logs, and maintain documentation of downtime and repairs.
  • Build and implement improvements and fixes.
  • Diagnose, test, and debug complex equipment, and include recommendations for operation.
  • Program, modify, and audit programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

Common Career Paths for Control / Automation Technician


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As Automation Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Automation Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Automation Engineers earn $73K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Technician


Automation Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Human-Machine Interface, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. The majority of those who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Automation Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $46K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $56K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. Automation Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $62K.

Control / Automation Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Control / Automation Technician?

Control / Automation Technician in Mountain Home:
"Hardwork But Fulfilling."
Pros: The work that you do saves peoples lives, most of your co-workers are great. Able to flex hours for family.
Cons: Management is soft, people get away with to much.

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Experience Affects Control / Automation Technician Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Technician Salaries




Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
up arrow 7%


Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$52,000

Powerpoint
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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