Average Controls Engineer with Engineering Design Skills Salary

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The average salary for a Controls Engineer with Engineering Design skills is $77,311.
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$59k - $103k
$516 - $10k
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$755 - $11k
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$56k - $108k

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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 Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, The ABB Group (Asea Brown Boveri) and Wunderlich-Malec. Reported salaries are highest at Goodman Manufacturing Company where the average pay is $112,864. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Tesla Motors and Ford Motor Company, earning around $95,000 and $92,694, respectively. Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc. pays the lowest at around $65,106. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and The ABB Group (Asea Brown Boveri) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $75,480 and $79,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Controls Engineer

Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical, Electronic Troubleshooting, 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 $63,985 based on 47 salaries. An early career Controls Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $68,959 based on 424 salaries. A mid-career Controls Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $80,916 based on 266 salaries. An experienced Controls Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $87,821 based on 180 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $93,195.
Employees with Controls Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 27.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Detroit, Michigan (16.0% more) and Cincinnati, Ohio (4.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Grand Rapids, Michigan (2.7% less), Denver, Colorado (1.3% less) and Chicago, Illinois (0.6% less).

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