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 $78K per year. Overall incomes of Control Systems Engineers generally bottom out at around $55K and peak near $117K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $12K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by career duration and geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,214 - $110,403
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$78K
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MEDIAN: $77,529
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$17.46 - $54.41
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MEDIAN: $31.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,214 - $110,403  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,109  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $12,000  
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$55,098 - $117,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 939
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$17.46 - $54.41  
   
Overtime
$25.41 - $63.24  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,109  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $12,000  
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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$55,098 - $117,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 136

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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 $100K per year. A lot of Control Systems Engineers advance their careers by becoming Automation Engineers and Controls Project Engineers. However, those positions offer $5K less and $8K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer


Dominating the field, Honeywell Aerospace, Johnson Controls Inc, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and The RoviSys Company are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Control Systems Engineers. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $123K. Control Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Bechtel Corporation ($107K), Mangan, Inc. ($96K), and The Boeing Company ($90K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Honeywell Aerospace at $61K, Dematic Corporation at $66K, and The RoviSys Company, where $68K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Distributed Control Systems, Engineering Design, and Controls are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, autodesk autocad, and C++. Those who learned Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation also tend to know Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). Most people skilled in Controls are similarly competent in Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Control Systems Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Control Systems Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Control Systems Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 577 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Control Systems Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 289 salaries. An experienced Control Systems Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 204 salaries. A Control Systems Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 104 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,525

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Control Systems Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Control Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix. Employers also pay below the national average in Boston (13 percent lower) and Greenville (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Control Systems Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Control Systems Engineer Salaries

▲43%

▲23%

▲9%

National Average
$79,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Control Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 8%
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