Control / Automation Technician Salary

Male Automation Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.80 per hour in the United States. Cash earnings for Automation Technicians — including $5K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $80K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,429 - $82,545
$38K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,569
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$15.54 - $33.81
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MEDIAN: $22.74
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$0$82K
Salary $38,429 - $82,545
Bonus $0.00 - $5,118
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,863
Commission $10,000
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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$36,235 - $80,781
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 163
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $15.54 - $33.81
Overtime $23.19 - $50.58
Annual Data $0$80K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,118
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,863
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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$36,235 - $80,781
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 380

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Job Description for Control / Automation Technician

Control/automation technicians are in charge of providing technical solutions to automation-related tasks for their organization. They are responsible for designing programs for logic controllers, as well as providing maintenance for programmable devices used in production equipment. Control/automation technicians also ensure correct performance of motion controllers and human machine interfaces. They repair and debug control devices to avoid production loss, as well as create documentation based on the schematics and wiring plans for each device. Additionally, control/automation technicians create sketches of electrical circuits using specialized computer programs. Control/automation technicians also label circuit wiring, test and monitor equipment for compliance with engineering specifications, and identify operational problems. Technicians also must follow electrical regulations and inspect controllers to ensure code compliance.

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Control / Automation Technician Tasks

  • Diagnose, test, and debug complex equipment, and include recommendations for operation.
  • Program, modify, and audit programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
  • Create and audit maintenance tasks, procedures, and logs, and maintain documentation of downtime and repairs.
  • Build and implement improvements and fixes.

Common Career Paths for Control / Automation Technician


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There are some Automation Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Automation Engineers, where earnings are an average $73K annually. Automation Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Controls Engineers or Automation Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $17K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Control / Automation Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human-Machine Interface, Robotics, and Visual Basic. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Control / Automation Technician

Pay by Experience for a Control / Automation Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Control / Automation Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 263 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Control / Automation Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 166 salaries. An experienced Control / Automation Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 141 salaries. A Control / Automation Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 71 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,417

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

Automation Technicians will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Automation Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), Houston (+23 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Relative to Automation Technicians in the rest of the country, smaller cities like Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, and Denver see salaries below the national average. These cities in particular — each home to fewer than a million residents — offer Automation Technicians less pay than any other American city. Employers in Oklahoma City and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

Control / Automation Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Control / Automation Technician?

Control / Automation Technician in Cleveland:
Pros: Working as a controls technician demands constant learning as technology develops.
Cons: Automation programming software can be buggy.

Control / Automation Technician in Los Angeles:
"Work flexability."
Pros: Everything troubleshooting.
Cons: Graveyard.

Control / Automation Technician in Mountain Home:
"Hardwork But Fulfilling."
Pros: The work that you do saves peoples lives, most of your co-workers are great. Able to flex hours for family.
Cons: Management is soft, people get away with to much.

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Key Stats for Control / Automation Technician

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Control / Automation Technician Salaries

▲27%

▲14%

▲7%

National Average
$55,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Control / Automation Technician Salaries









National Average
$55,000


▼3%


▼4%

Visual Basic (VB)
▼6%

▼7%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 16%
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