Men account for the majority of Control Systems Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $77K annually. Cash earnings for Control Systems Engineers — including $12K in bonuses and $13K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $55K to $118K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$56,500 - $109,682
$56K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $76,568
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50%
90%

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$17.55 - $58.15
$18
$31
$58
MEDIAN: $31.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,500 - $109,682  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $12,060  
Profit Sharing
$690 - $13,363  
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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$54,682 - $117,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 876
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.55 - $58.15  
   
Overtime
$27.02 - $62.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$200.00 - $12,060  
   
Profit Sharing
$690 - $13,363  
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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$54,682 - $117,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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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 frequently become Automation Engineers and Controls Project Engineers even though median compensation is $4K lower and $7K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer


Honeywell Aerospace, Johnson Controls Inc, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Electric (GE) Energy are top-notch employers for Control Systems Engineers in this area. Control Systems Engineers flock to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $123K lead the pack in compensation. Bechtel Corporation, Mangan, Inc., and The Boeing Company are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Control Systems Engineers earning around $107K, $96K, or $90K at each firm, respectively.

Honeywell Aerospace, Dematic Corporation and The RoviSys Company are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $61K, $66K, and $68K.

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 Project Management, Distributed Control Systems, Engineering Design, and Controls are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, autodesk autocad, and C++ Programming Language. Most people familiar with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation also know Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). For most people, competency in Controls indicates knowledge of Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Control Systems Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Control Systems Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $69K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $85K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Control Systems Engineers make a median salary of $96K. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $112K — the plum median salary in this group.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,587

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Baton Rouge is home to an above-average pay rate for Control Systems Engineers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Control Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Tucson (+6 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (10 percent less) and Greenville (9 percent less).

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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 126 votes.
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Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Control Systems Engineer Salaries




National Average
$78,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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