Average Controls Engineer Salary

$76,134
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,528
Bonus
$5,087
Commission
$3,061
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The average salary for a Controls Engineer is $76,134.
10%
$57k
MEDIAN
$76k
90%
$102k
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Salary
$57k - $102k
Bonus
$641 - $10k
Profit Sharing
$929 - $10k
Commission
$4k - $16k
Total Pay
$55k - $106k

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Job Description for Controls Engineer

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
(794)
Highly Satisfied
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The top respondents for the job title Controls Engineer are from the companies General Motors Corporation, Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc. and Dematic Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Tesla Motors where the average pay is $97,530. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, earning around $90,187 and $88,226, respectively. Dematic Corporation pays the lowest at around $65,712. Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc. and General Electric Co (GE) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $71,892 and $76,087, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Controls Engineer

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.

Pay by Experience Level for Controls Engineer

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 $62,710 based on 331 salaries. An early career Controls Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,792 based on 1,895 salaries. A mid-career Controls Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,159 based on 1,110 salaries. An experienced Controls Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $88,472 based on 688 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $94,001.
Employees with Controls Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 21.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Minneapolis, Minnesota (8.2% more) and Detroit, Michigan (7.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Grand Rapids, Michigan (12.3% less) and Chicago, Illinois (1.0% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 4,536 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.3%
Early Career
41.8%
Mid Career
24.5%
Experienced
15.2%
Late Career
11.3%