Control / Automation Engineer Salary

Male Automation Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $77K per year in the United States. In the world of Automation Engineers, overall income ranges from $51K near the bottom to $106K at the top; this can include more than $16K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Automation Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,400 - $107,754
$53K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,723
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$18.79 - $39.63
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MEDIAN: $27.11
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$0$107K
Salary $53,400 - $107,754
Bonus $503 - $11,920
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,170
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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$50,797 - $107,694
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 210
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $18.79 - $39.63
Overtime $29.80 - $59.65
Annual Data $0$107K
Bonus $503 - $11,920
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,170
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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$50,797 - $107,694
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 45

Job Description for Control / Automation Engineer

A control or automation engineer's main responsibility is supporting all projects that involve controls or automation. They establish the company's standards for the products they help create, as well as recognize issues, address them, and implement fixes quickly and effectively. Control or automation engineers also need to devise layouts and studies to determine the best and most efficient ways to solve engineering issues that may arise. These individuals also need to work with engineers from other departments to ensure that controls fit within the design guidelines of the product as well.

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Control / Automation Engineer Tasks

  • Troubleshoot and maintain equipment and associated software and interfaces.
  • Assess and make recommendations about configurations, upgrades, and other process changes.
  • Coach and mentor staff in use, validation, and quality control for equipment.
  • Test, validate, and ensure quality control for products.

Common Career Paths for Control / Automation Engineer


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Automation Engineers who transition into an upper level Automation Engineer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Automation Engineer makes $71K a year.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Engineer


Automation Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Distributed Control Systems, SCADA, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 15 percent. Most people skilled in Human-Machine Interface are similarly competent in Engineering Design and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Control / Automation Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Control / Automation Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 152 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Control / Automation Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 99 salaries. An experienced Control / Automation Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 91 salaries. A Control / Automation Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 44 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,955

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Automation Engineers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville (4 percent lower) and Chicago (2 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Control / Automation Engineer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Control / Automation Engineer Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$77,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Control / Automation Engineer Salaries


▲9%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲8%



▲3%




National Average
$77,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
▼1%

▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 9%