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Control Systems Engineer Salary (United States)

Median pay for Control Systems Engineers in the United States is around $75K annually. Overall cash earnings of Control Systems Engineers stretch from $56K 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 career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Control Systems Engineers is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Control Systems Engineer Salary (?
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$55,130 - $108,331
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MEDIAN: $74,621
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Control Systems Engineer Salary (?
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$22.17 - $60.22
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,130 - $108,331  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,177  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $9,904  
Total Pay (?
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$55,505 - $114,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,090
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.17 - $60.22  
   
Overtime
$26.05 - $60.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,177  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $9,904  
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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$55,505 - $114,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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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 often transition into upper level Senior Systems Engineer positions, where pay tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Systems Engineers earn $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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer

General Electric (GE) Energy leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $89K.

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer

Survey results imply that Control Systems Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, Human-Machine Interface, Controls, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use. 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.
Control Systems Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $67K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $82K. On average, Control Systems Engineers make $96K following one to two decades on the job. 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
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Seattle
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Baton Rouge
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Los Angeles
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Chicago
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Denver
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Indianapolis
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National Average
$76,000
Phoenix
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Minneapolis
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Pittsburgh
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For Control Systems Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Control Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+29 percent), Baton Rouge (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and New Orleans (+14 percent). Cedar Rapids is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (11 percent less) and Atlanta (10 percent less).

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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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$76,000
Visual Basic (VB)
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Engineering Design
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Matlab
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
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%