Control Systems Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Control Systems Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $76K per year nationwide. Overall cash earnings of Control Systems Engineers stretch from $57K near the bottom to $115K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Work is enjoyable for Control Systems Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,578 - $109,150

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$21.85 - $60.83

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,578 - $109,150  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,182  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $10,183  
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$56,758 - $115,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,119
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Hourly Rate
$21.85 - $60.83  
   
Overtime
$25.56 - $60.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,182  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $10,183  
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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$56,758 - $115,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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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Advancing into a Senior Systems Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Control Systems Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $99K per year. Many Control Systems Engineers choose to become Automation Engineers and Controls Project Engineers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $7K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer


Control Systems Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Bechtel Corporation, The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Johnson Controls Inc, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. Control Systems Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at General Electric (GE) Energy, where the average salary comes to $89K. The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc also offer top salaries for Control Systems Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $85K, $85K, and $84K, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Amazon.com Inc at $73K and Bechtel Corporation at $82K, though some Control Systems Engineers there earn up to $138K.

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer


Control Systems Engineers seem to exploit a large range 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


For many Control Systems Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $69K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $83K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Control Systems Engineers make a median salary of $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


Control Systems Engineers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Control Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Baton Rouge (+27 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), New Orleans (+22 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Grand Rapids (10 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Control Systems Engineer Salaries




National Average
$77,000


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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Matlab
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C++
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National Average
$77,000

Engineering Design
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Microsoft Word
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Powerpoint
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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C
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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