Average Mid-Career Controls Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Mid-Career Controls Engineer is $81,376.
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$64k - $101k
$972 - $10k
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$989 - $12k
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$63k - $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.
The top respondents for the job title Controls Engineer are from the companies Tesla Motors, Modine Manufacturing Co and Cincinnati Test Systems. Reported salaries are highest at Tesla Motors where the average pay is $101,846. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Electric (GE) Aviation and General Motors Corporation, earning around $94,966 and $90,650, respectively. Cincinnati Test Systems pays the lowest at around $67,202. Johnson Controls Inc and General Electric Co (GE) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $67,407 and $80,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Controls Engineer

Skills in Controls are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Troubleshooting, Engineering Design, 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 $62,901 based on 340 salaries. An early career Controls Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,979 based on 1,926 salaries. An experienced Controls Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $88,334 based on 688 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $94,472.
Employees with Controls Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 12.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Detroit, Michigan (4.5% more) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (2.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Columbus, Ohio (18.7% less), Grand Rapids, Michigan (12.8% less) and Cincinnati, Ohio (3.7% less).

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