Control Systems Engineer Salary (United States)

Control Systems Engineers in the United States typically take home $76,160 annually. Pay generally spreads from $54,948 to $114,528 per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $10,294 and $9,981, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $54,737 or peak near $107,849. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residency, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; the vast majority get medical and dental insurance, and a majority get vision plans, too. For the most part, Control Systems Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Control Systems Engineer Salary (?
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$54,737 - $107,849
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MEDIAN: $74,219
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Control Systems Engineer Salary (?
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$20.48 - $60.29
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,737 - $107,849  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,294  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $9,981  
Total Pay (?
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$54,948 - $114,528  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,051
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Hourly Rate
$20.48 - $60.29  
   
Overtime
$25.11 - $60.46  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,294  
   
Profit Sharing
$506 - $9,981  
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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$54,948 - $114,528  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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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For Control Systems Engineers, career advancement usually has a positive, and rather large, impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Senior Systems Engineer will earn $22K more than someone not as far along in their career. More commonly, Control Systems Engineers take pay cuts as they move into roles as Automation Engineers or Controls Project Engineers, making $3,796 or $6,363 less per year, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer

For Control Systems Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at General Electric (GE) Energy; in fact, typical earnings are around $88,600, the highest in the area.
Amazon.com Inc offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $73,352. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc and General Electric (GE) Energy also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $76,782 and $88,600-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer

Control Systems Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Human-Machine Interface (HMI) are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation is a skill commonly found among those who know Human-Machine Interface (HMI).

Pay by Experience Level for Control Systems Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Control Systems Engineers, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. At career start, salaries are typically $67K, which grows to $82K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $100K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Control Systems Engineers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $103K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Indianapolis
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$76,000
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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Control Systems Engineers, 31 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Houston, and Chicago, where Control Systems Engineers annually earn 28 percent, 13 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa. Below-median salaries also turn up in Columbus and Grand Rapids (-13 percent and -9 percent, respectively).

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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
C++
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Engineering Design
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Powerpoint
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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
9%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
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%
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