Control Systems Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Control Systems Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $75K annually. Overall cash earnings of Control Systems Engineers stretch from $57K near the bottom to $115K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most Control Systems Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$56,374 - $109,022
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$56K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,445
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$22.64 - $60.97
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$23
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,374 - $109,022  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,198  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,203  
Total Pay (?
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$56,581 - $115,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,113
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Hourly Rate
$22.64 - $60.97  
   
Overtime
$25.40 - $60.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,198  
   
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,203  
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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$56,581 - $115,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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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Control Systems Engineers who move on to become Senior Systems Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Systems Engineers get paid an average of $99K per year. Control Systems Engineers most often advance into Automation Engineer and Controls Project Engineer positions even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $7K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer


Dominating the field, Bechtel Corporation, The Boeing Company, Johnson Controls Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Control Systems Engineers. Control Systems Engineers flock to General Electric (GE) Energy for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $89K lead the pack in compensation. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Boeing Company at $85K, Northrop Grumman Corporation at $85K, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, where Control Systems Engineers annually earn $84K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Amazon.com Inc at $73K, and Bechtel Corporation where $81K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Control Systems Engineers there earn up to $136K.

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer


Control Systems Engineers report using a large range 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Windows Operating System General Use. Many workers who know Human-Machine Interface also know Programmable Logic Controllers / 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $69K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $83K. For Control Systems Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $96K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $104K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Control Systems Engineers, 30 percent above the national average. Control Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baton Rouge (+27 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), New Orleans (+16 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Grand Rapids and Pittsburgh (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Control Systems Engineer Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Control Systems Engineer Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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