$60,165
Avg. Salary
$23.23
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,515

Bonus

$1,600

Profit Sharing

$5,087

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Control / Automation Technician is $23.23 per hour.

The average pay for a Control / Automation Technician is $60,165 per year.

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$15.97
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$33.65
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MEDIAN $23.23
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MEDIAN $60,165
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$0$84K
Salary $39,995 - $84,802
Bonus $0.00 - $6,134
Profit Sharing $9.93 - $7,550
Commission $5,087
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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$36,636 - $80,674
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 262
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $15.97 - $33.65
Overtime $23.03 - $50.53
Annual Data $0$80K
Bonus $0.00 - $6,134
Commission $5,087
Profit Sharing $9.93 - $7,550
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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$36,636 - $80,674
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 644

Job Description

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


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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


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

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

23%

20%

13%

-17%

National Average: $55,315

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).

Job Reviews

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

Control / Automation Technician in Oklahoma City:
"Hot."
Pros: It's a job. I get a pay check.
Cons: I'm really 100 miles from OKC. It's hot in summer & cold in winter. Red dirt blowing. Corporate managers do their promotions with the "good ole boy" method. Same when they assign raises. Training is far and in between. Promotions are the same way.

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 Sioux Falls:
Apply yourself, take time to read and learn from the manuals. Don't jump to conclusions when troubleshooting, start with the basics and work upward from there. Always keep in mind, 'how do I want this to work when something goes wrong at 1:00 Saturday morning of a three day weekend in winter when it's -30 degrees outside'. Sometimes you can try to get something to work for 20 minutes and get no place other than really frustrated because nothing is working, or you can take a 20 minute break ... Either way, you're going to be waiting 20 minutes.

Control / Automation Technician in Atlanta:
"Service jobs are 24/7 , your never really off."
Growing field and you need a wide variety of mechanical experience to excel. Pay is good , demand can be overwhelming at times.

Control / Automation Technician in Detroit:
"While troubleshooting sometimes the trouble shoots back."
Keep it simple, Don't over think.

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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Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 180 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

How Experience Affects Salaries

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▲15%

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National Average
$55,000

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How Skills Affect Salaries










National Average
$55,000

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Visual Basic (VB)
▼6%

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Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 16%