The average pay for a Controls Engineer is $73,401 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$54,978 - $98,533
$55K
$73K
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MEDIAN: $73,401
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$19.31 - $43.09
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MEDIAN: $28.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,978 - $98,533  
   
Bonus
$488.56 - $10,035  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $8,313  
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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$53,640 - $102,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,760
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.31 - $43.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.80  
Overtime
$26.87 - $54.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$488.56 - $10,035  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $8,313  
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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$53,640 - $102,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 389

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Job Description for Controls Engineer

Controls engineers work with rapidly evolving technologies and control systems; they can be involved in a wide number of projects from space flight to power grids. Responsibilities for this job can include developing and executing regular engineering processes, documenting work performed, working with program design and testing, and troubleshooting.

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Controls Engineer Tasks

  • Plan and perform work requiring electronic and mechanical theories and principles, and writing specifications.
  • Manage the design and installation of electrical equipment including electrical power distribution systems, PLC's, instrumentation, variable speed AC and DC drives.
  • Design calculations and prepare equipment or material specifications for electrical and electronic based systems.
  • Work with the maintenance planner to schedule electrical projects.
  • Develop clear and concise operator instruction manuals.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,985

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Controls Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Controls Engineer?

Controls Engineer in Defiance:
"I'm very challenging and exciting field."
Pros: It's a field I never thought of in high school but after introduced to it I can't imagine not doing this. Everyday is different you have challenging task and obstacles to slow you down and you're able to prove yourself by how effectively you can overcome challenges that often changes.
Cons: There's always a time of the year where projects are heavy and sometimes it can get stressful feeling like you don't have enough time in the day or the week to get it all done.

Controls Engineer in Manchester:
Pros: I have lots of ability to try and learn new skills. They have let me teach myself and learn as I go.
Cons: There are only 4 engineers in an engineering department of 20. I am asked to teach others often.

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Key Stats for Controls Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 307 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Controls Engineer Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 307 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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