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Control Systems Engineer Salary (United States)

Control Systems Engineers in the United States typically take home $74K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Control Systems Engineers generally range from $55K to $115K depending on individual performance. While experience level and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Control Systems Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Control Systems Engineer Salary (?
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$54,737 - $107,849
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MEDIAN: $74,219
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Control Systems Engineer Salary (?
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$20.48 - $60.29
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,737 - $107,849  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,294  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $9,981  
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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$54,948 - $114,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,051
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.48 - $60.29  
   
Overtime
$25.11 - $60.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,294  
   
Profit Sharing
$506 - $9,981  
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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$54,948 - $114,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Job Description for Control Systems Engineer

Control system engineers are responsible for a number of tasks such as designing and analyzing control systems, verifying and implementing code, fixing malfunctions, explaining and providing information, and analyzing and researching designs.
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Control Systems Engineer Tasks
  • Monitor project controls within discipline.
  • Test, maintain and monitor control systems design criteria.
  • Participate in reviewing and checking designs, drawings and data by other engineers or by suppliers.
  • Perform overall systems design and engineering tasks.
  • Plan and conduct independent work requiring judgment in the evaluation, selection, application and adaptation of engineering techniques, procedures and criteria.

Common Career Paths for Control Systems Engineer

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As Control Systems Engineers make advancements in their career path to roles like Senior Systems Engineer, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, Senior Systems Engineers will make $99K annually. Many Control Systems Engineers choose to become Automation Engineers and Controls Project Engineers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $4K less and $6K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer

General Electric (GE) Energy offers the largest salaries in town — $89K on average.
Employees at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc can also expect below-average earnings.

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer

Control Systems Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems , Human-Machine Interface , Controls, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use. It is not unusual for someone who knows Human-Machine Interface to be familiar with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Control Systems Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Control Systems Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $67K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. Control Systems Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $96K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $103K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a majority of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one in seven.

Pay Difference By Location

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Indianapolis
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National Average
$76,000
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Phoenix
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Pittsburgh
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Control Systems Engineers will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Control Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baton Rouge (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Tampa is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (13 percent less) and Grand Rapids (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Control Systems Engineer Salaries

National Average
$76,000

Skills That Affect Control Systems Engineer Salaries

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
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Controls
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Project Management
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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National Average
$76,000
C++
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Engineering Design
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Matlab
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Powerpoint
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 321 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%