Control / Automation Technician Salary

Male Automation Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.45 per hour in the United States. Overall cash earnings for Automation Technicians stretch from $36K on the lower end to $76K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Automation Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,027 - $78,580
(Median)
$39K
$58K
$79K
MEDIAN: $57,734
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$15.55 - $31.26
(Median)
$16
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,027 - $78,580  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $6,904  
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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$36,332 - $76,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $31.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$21.85 - $47.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $6,904  
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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$36,332 - $76,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 448
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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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At the upper end, Automation Technicians who move into an Automation Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Automation Engineers is a much higher $73K per year.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Technician


Automation Technicians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human-Machine Interface. Most people experienced in 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.


Automation Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $57K. Automation Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $64K.

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
$53,000


Skills That Affect Control / Automation Technician Salaries




Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Powerpoint
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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