Control Systems Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Control Systems Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $76K per year. Total cash compensation to Control Systems Engineers ranges from $56K on the lower end to $115K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Control Systems Engineers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took 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 often transition into Senior Systems Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Systems Engineers earn $99K per year. Many Control Systems Engineers advance into roles as Automation Engineers or Controls Project Engineers, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $7K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Control Systems Engineer


Dominating the field, Bechtel Corporation, The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Honeywell Aerospace, and Johnson Controls Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Control Systems Engineers. Those at Mangan, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $96K. Other big spenders include General Electric (GE) Energy, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, top-paying firms where Control Systems Engineers see paychecks nearing $89K, $85K, or $84K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Honeywell Aerospace — median pay is $61K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $55K and only reaching $74K. Employees at Johnson Controls Inc, Amazon.com Inc, and The Boeing Company can also expect below-average earnings of $72K, $79K, and $82K.

Popular Skills for Control Systems Engineer


Survey results imply that Control Systems Engineers deploy a deep pool 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 seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Control Systems Engineers. 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 $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Control Systems Engineers make a median salary of $96K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $104K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,382

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With a pay rate for Control Systems Engineers that is 29 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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. Columbus and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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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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