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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 $75K annually. The range in cash compensation to Control Systems Engineers ($56K to $115K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though geography and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Control Systems Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$55,802 - $109,085
(Median)
$56K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,261
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$23.16 - $59.56
(Median)
$23
$30
$60
MEDIAN: $30
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,802 - $109,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,195  
Profit Sharing
$453.45 - $10,234  
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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$56,250 - $115,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,070
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.16 - $59.56  
   
Overtime
$25.74 - $60.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,195  
   
Profit Sharing
$453.45 - $10,234  
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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$56,250 - $115,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145

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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 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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Control Systems Engineers, The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, General Electric (GE) Energy, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Amazon.com Inc are leading firms in the industry. For Control Systems Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at General Electric (GE) Energy; in fact, median earnings sit around $89K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer


Control Systems Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, Human-Machine Interface, Project Management, and Controls are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Excel. Employees educated in Human-Machine Interface are typically practiced in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, too.

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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $68K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $82K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Control Systems Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $96K. Control Systems Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $104K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Control Systems Engineers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Control Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baton Rouge (+28 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and New Orleans (+13 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (10 percent less) and Grand Rapids (9 percent less).

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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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Project Management
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Controls
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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National Average
$77,000

Matlab
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C++
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Powerpoint
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C
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%