Control Systems Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Control Systems Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $78K annually. Cash earnings for Control Systems Engineers — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing — stretch from around $55K to approximately $117K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by career duration and location. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$57,258 - $109,816
$57K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,662
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90%

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$18.00 - $56.96
$18
$31
$57
MEDIAN: $31.14
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$0$117K
Salary $57,258 - $109,816
Bonus $0.00 - $12,003
Profit Sharing $685 - $14,298
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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$55,101 - $117,063
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 948
Hourly Data $0$69
Hourly Rate $18.00 - $56.96
Overtime $28.46 - $69.00
Annual Data $0$117K
Bonus $0.00 - $12,003
Profit Sharing $685 - $14,298
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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$55,101 - $117,063
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 137

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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

  • 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.
  • Participate in reviewing and checking designs, drawings and data by other engineers or by suppliers.
  • Monitor project controls within discipline.
  • Test, maintain and monitor control systems design criteria.

Common Career Paths for Control Systems Engineer


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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 $100K per year. Control Systems Engineers most often move into positions as Automation Engineers or Controls Project Engineers. Automation Engineers actually earn $5K less on average, however, and Controls Project Engineers earn $8K less per year than Control Systems Engineers do.

Control Systems Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer


Honeywell Aerospace, Johnson Controls Inc, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and The RoviSys Company are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Control Systems Engineers. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc leads the field in terms of pay, 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).

Honeywell Aerospace, Dematic Corporation, and The RoviSys Company are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($61K, $66K, and $68K respectively).

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer


Control Systems Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, autodesk autocad, and C++. Most people skilled in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are similarly competent in 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: $78,655

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

Home to some of the best pay for Control Systems Engineers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Control Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Boston and Greenville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Control Systems Engineer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
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 157 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 9%
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