Control Systems Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Control Systems Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $75K per year. Overall cash earnings for Control Systems Engineers vary widely between $57K and $115K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Read More
$56,391 - $108,864
(Median)
$56K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,402
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$22.47 - $61.27
(Median)
$22
$32
$61
MEDIAN: $32.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary 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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,391 - $108,864  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,202  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $10,193  
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).
)
$56,666 - $115,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,115
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.47 - $61.27  
   
Overtime
$25.40 - $60.46  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,202  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $10,193  
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).
)
$56,666 - $115,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Many Control Systems Engineers move into a Senior Systems Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $99K per year. Many Control Systems Engineers advance into roles as Automation Engineers or Controls Project Engineers, but the median salaries are $4K lower and $7K lower, respectively.

Controls Engineer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer


Bechtel Corporation, The Boeing Company, Johnson Controls Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are top-notch employers for Control Systems Engineers in this area. General Electric (GE) Energy leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $89K. Control Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries at The Boeing Company (+$85K), Northrop Grumman Corporation (+$85K), and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (+$84K).

Other low-paying employers include Amazon.com Inc at $73K and Bechtel Corporation at $81K, though some Control Systems Engineers there earn up to $137K.

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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and C. Competency in Human-Machine Interface frequently indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Control Systems Engineers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $83K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $104K.

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 will also find cushy salaries in Baton Rouge (+27 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), New Orleans (+16 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Grand Rapids and Pittsburgh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Control Systems Engineer Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Control Systems Engineer Salaries


Controls
up arrow 2%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Matlab
0%

Powerpoint
0%

National Average
$77,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

C++
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

C
up arrow 3%


up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
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%
ADVERTISEMENT