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Learning about the automation engineer

Five findings from the Control Engineering 2019 Career and Salary Study as it relates to automation engineers and their feelings on their profession.
By Amanda Pelliccione January 12, 2020
With almost half of automation engineering professionals having achieved a bachelor’s degree as the highest level of education, those respondents’ average total take-home pay in 2018 was $115,793. Source: Control Engineering

The Control Engineering 2019 Career & Salary Study took a deep dive into the earnings of today’s automation engineering professionals (see the report from May 2019). Below are background information findings from this study as they relate to these professionals:

  1. Experience: The average automation engineering professional has worked in their industry for 27 years, has worked for their current employer for 16 years, and is 54 years old; only 14% are under the age of 40 and 25% are in their 60’s.
  2. Education: Fourteen percent of automation engineering professionals have earned an associate’s degree as their highest form of education; 47% have achieved their bachelor’s degree, 16% have a master’s degree, and 3% have a doctoral degree. The top disciplines studied by these professionals are electrical or electronic engineering (49%), controls engineering (25%) and mechanical engineering (25%).
  3. Management role: Automation engineering professionals reported an average of 374 employees at their location, with 41% claiming fewer than 100 and 17% stating 1,000 or more. Fifty-eight percent of these professionals are responsible for managing or supervising one or more employees; the average number of employees managed/supervised is 10.
  4. Attitude: When asked how they feel about their current job, 48% of automation engineering professionals said they love going to work every day, 40% are content and glad to have a job, 10% find their job tolerable but are open to new opportunities, and 2% are actively seeking new positions.

Access more career and salary trends at www.controleng.com/research. Amanda Pelliccione is the research director at CFE Media and Technology.


Amanda Pelliccione
Author Bio: Amanda is the Research Director and Project Manager of Awards Programs for CFE Media and its publications.