Average Controls Engineer with Distributed Control Systems (DCS) Skills Salary

$82,594
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,982
Bonus
$4,625
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The average salary for a Controls Engineer with Distributed Control Systems (DCS) skills is $82,594.
10%
$61k
MEDIAN
$83k
90%
$109k
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Salary
$61k - $109k
Bonus
$479 - $12k
Profit Sharing
$658 - $15k
Total Pay
$61k - $114k

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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 that pay less than market rate include Electronic Troubleshooting, Engineering Design, Human-Machine Interface (HMI), Controls 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 $62,888 based on 10 salaries. An early career Controls Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,501 based on 138 salaries. A mid-career Controls Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $84,569 based on 95 salaries. An experienced Controls Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $90,454 based on 64 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $93,265.
Employees with Controls Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 13.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (3.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Grand Rapids, Michigan (24.9% less), Phoenix, Arizona (21.9% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (18.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 361 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.8%
Early Career
38.2%
Mid Career
26.3%
Experienced
17.7%
Late Career
15.0%