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Control / Automation Technician Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Automation Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $22.48 per hour. Total incomes of Automation Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $4K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $34K and $74K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Automation Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Control / Automation Technician Salary (?
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$34,024 - $74,565
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Control / Automation Technician Salary (?
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$15.58 - $30.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,024 - $74,565  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,069  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,106  
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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$34,375 - $73,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.58 - $30.75  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $46.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,069  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,106  
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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$34,375 - $73,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 348
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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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While Automation Technicians do not often become Automation Engineers, the job usually pays $72K per year.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Technician

Automation Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 10 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Powerpoint and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $46K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $54K. Automation Technicians see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $60K. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining just under one in five.

Pay Difference By Location

Denver
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$52,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Automation Technicians, Denver offers exceptional salaries, 7 percent above the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix.

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

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Visual Basic (VB)
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$52,000
Microsoft Office
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Powerpoint
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%