Average Controls Engineer Salary in Chicago, Illinois

$75,407
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$3,597
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The average salary for a Controls Engineer in Chicago, Illinois is $75,407.
10%
$58k
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$75k
90%
$103k
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Salary
$58k - $103k
Bonus
$700 - $9k
Total Pay
$57k - $109k

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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.

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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 $68,239 based on 7 salaries. An early career Controls Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,062 based on 37 salaries. A mid-career Controls Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,621 based on 17 salaries. An experienced Controls Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $92,432 based on 13 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $104,432.
Employees with Controls Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 25.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Detroit, Michigan (10.0% more) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (9.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Grand Rapids, Michigan (11.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 82 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.5%
Early Career
45.1%
Mid Career
20.7%
Experienced
15.9%
Late Career
9.8%