Control Systems Engineer Salary (United States)

Control Systems Engineers in the United States usually make around $76,160 per year. Compensation generally starts at $54,948 and does not exceed $114,528 per year. While experience level and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. The vast majority enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Control Systems Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to 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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,051
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Control Systems Engineers who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Senior Systems Engineer may make an additional $22K per year than lower-end positions. More commonly, Control Systems Engineers take pay cuts as they move into roles as Automation Engineers or Controls Project Engineers, making $3,796 or $6,363 less per year, respectively.

Control Systems Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer

Control Systems Engineers flock to General Electric (GE) Energy for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $88,600 lead the pack in compensation.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Amazon.com Inc, where the median salary is just $73,352. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Jacobs Engineering Group Inc at $76,782 and General Electric (GE) Energy where $88,600 is the norm.

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Human-Machine Interface (HMI) are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use. Competency in Human-Machine Interface (HMI) frequently indicates knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

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 salaries. New salaries start at $67K and reach $82K in five to 10 years. Earnings total $100K after one to two decades. Control Systems Engineers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $103K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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Indianapolis
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San Francisco
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National Average
$76,000
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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Control Systems Engineers, 31 percent above the national average. Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Houston, and Chicago are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Control Systems Engineers earning around 28 percent, 13 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent more than average. Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa. Employers in Columbus and Grand Rapids also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-13 percent and -9 percent, respectively).

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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%
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