Control Systems Engineer Salary

Male Control Systems Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $76K per year in the United States. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Control Systems Engineers generally range from $56K to $115K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$56,473 - $109,963
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$56K
$76K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,684
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$19.66 - $59.64
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$33
$60
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,473 - $109,963  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,145  
Profit Sharing
$516 - $10,033  
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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$55,976 - $115,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.66 - $59.64  
   
Overtime
$24.85 - $61.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,145  
   
Profit Sharing
$516 - $10,033  
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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$55,976 - $115,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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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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Control Systems Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Systems Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $99K 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 $7K less per year than Control Systems Engineers do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer


Bechtel Corporation, The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Honeywell Aerospace, and Johnson Controls Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Control Systems Engineers. Control Systems Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Mangan, Inc., where the average salary comes to $96K. Soaring salaries can also be found at General Electric (GE) Energy, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, where earnings of $89K, $85K, or $84K are standard for Control Systems Engineers.

With a median salary of $61K, Honeywell Aerospace provides Control Systems Engineers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $74K, limiting employee salary growth. Johnson Controls Inc, Amazon.com Inc, and The Boeing Company also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $72K, $79K, and $82K.

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, Controls, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Aptitude in Human-Machine Interface tends to also indicate an understanding 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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 $84K. On average, Control Systems Engineers make $96K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $104K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,382

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For those looking to make money, Control Systems Engineers in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Control Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New Orleans (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Control Systems Engineers in Atlanta earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (11 percent less) and Pittsburgh (10 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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Controls
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Engineering Design
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Matlab
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Project Management
0%

Systems Engineering
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National Average
$77,000

Microsoft Word
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C++
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Powerpoint
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 208 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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