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Average Controls Engineer Salary

$76,863
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,950
Bonus
$5,087
Commission
$3,250
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The average salary for a Controls Engineer is $76,863.
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$59k
MEDIAN
$77k
90%
$104k
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$59k - $104k
Bonus
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$983 - $10k
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$4k - $16k
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What Do Controls Engineers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Controls Engineer

3.9 out of 5
(778)
Highly Satisfied
33Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Controls Engineer are from the companies General Motors Corporation, Dematic Corporation and Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Tesla Motors where the average pay is $98,371. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, earning around $88,873 and $82,497, respectively. Dematic Corporation pays the lowest at around $71,579. Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc. and General Electric Co (GE) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $71,963 and $76,210, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Controls Engineers?

Skills in Controls and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Troubleshooting, Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Controls Engineers?

An entry-level Controls Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $64,680 based on 339 salaries. An early career Controls Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,036 based on 1,908 salaries. A mid-career Controls Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $82,444 based on 1,141 salaries. An experienced Controls Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $90,759 based on 646 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $97,561.
Employees with Controls Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 28.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Minneapolis, Minnesota (6.7% more) and Detroit, Michigan (4.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Grand Rapids, Michigan (10.3% less), Dallas, Texas (2.5% less) and Cincinnati, Ohio (1.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 4,499 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.5%
Early Career
42.4%
Mid Career
25.4%
Experienced
14.4%
Late Career
10.3%