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Control Systems Engineer Salary

The average Control Systems Engineer in the United States earns approximately $75K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $56K and hits $116K on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Control Systems Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,821 - $109,217
(Median)
$56K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,301
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$22.96 - $61.90
(Median)
$23
$32
$62
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,821 - $109,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,224  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $10,223  
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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$56,213 - $115,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,073
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.96 - $61.90  
   
Overtime
$25.49 - $60.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,224  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $10,223  
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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$56,213 - $115,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130

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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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Advancing into a Senior Systems Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Control Systems Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income 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


The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, General Electric (GE) Energy, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Amazon.com Inc are top-notch employers for Control Systems Engineers in this area. For Control Systems Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at General Electric (GE) Energy; in fact, median earnings sit around $89K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer


Control Systems Engineers seem to exploit 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, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Excel. Those with knowledge of Human-Machine Interface tend to be skilled in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $83K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Control Systems Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $104K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Control Systems Engineers, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Control Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Baton Rouge (+27 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and New Orleans (+12 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Grand Rapids (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Control Systems Engineer Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Control Systems Engineer Salaries


Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
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Controls
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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National Average
$77,000

Engineering Design
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Microsoft Office
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Matlab
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Microsoft Word
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C++
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Powerpoint
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 243 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
35%
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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