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How Much Does an Automation Engineer Earn In The United States?

Average Yearly Salary
Updated December 31, 2020
$84,000
$63,000
$84,000
$110,000
The average automation engineer makes about $84,043 per year. That's $40.41 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $63,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $110,000. Many of automation engineers seem to be drawn to technology and manufacturing companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case automation engineers tend to work at hospitality, technology, and retail companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that California, New Jersey and Virginia pay automation engineers the highest salaries.
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Where Automation Engineers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where automation engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Automation Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an automation engineer is roughly $84,043 per year, which boils down to $40.41 per hour. Interestingly enough, automation engineers have the highest salaries in South San Francisco, CA at about $107,784 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in South San Francisco, CA is $71,000. Additionally, automation engineers make more than the average salary in Washington, DC, Ashburn, VA, Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, and Boston, MA. On a more broad level, automation engineer salaries are highest in California, New Jersey, Virginia, Alaska, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Hawaii. On the contrary, Michigan, Arkansas, and Wisconsin offer the lowest automation engineer salaries.
City
Average Salary

South San Francisco, CA

Salary Range86k - 134k$108k$107,784

Washington, DC

Salary Range80k - 115k$96k$96,465

Ashburn, VA

Salary Range75k - 109k$91k$91,133

Austin, TX

Salary Range69k - 104k$85k$85,163

Seattle, WA

Salary Range68k - 102k$84k$83,810

Boston, MA

Salary Range69k - 101k$84k$83,738

Harrison, NY

Salary Range65k - 96k$79k$79,495

Raleigh, NC

Salary Range65k - 95k$79k$79,246

Phoenix, AZ

Salary Range63k - 98k$79k$79,068

Philadelphia, PA

Salary Range64k - 93k$77k$77,259
$55k
$134k

High Paying Automation Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Automation Engineers The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as an automation engineer, being employed by a company such as Google or AppDirect would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Corning and Apple also report highly competitive salaries for automation engineers.
Company
Average Salary
Google
Salary Range123k - 151k$137k$137,124
AppDirect
Salary Range122k - 150k$136k$136,234
Corning
Salary Range122k - 145k$133k$133,428
Apple
Salary Range122k - 144k$133k$132,946
Insight Enterprises
Salary Range121k - 143k$132k$132,347
Sanmina
Salary Range120k - 143k$132k$131,655
Palo Alto Networks
Salary Range119k - 143k$131k$131,080
Relativity Space
Salary Range125k - 136k$131k$131,044
Houzz
Salary Range125k - 135k$130k$130,145
McGraw-Hill Education
Salary Range116k - 135k$126k$125,858
$107k
$151k

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    How Much Do Automation Engineers Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for an automation engineer can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for automation engineers tend to be found in hospitality, technology, and retail companies. In fact, automation engineers can make a yearly salary of $99,768 while working for hospitality companies.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Hospitality

    Salary Range87k - 113k$100k$99,768

    Technology

    Salary Range78k - 111k$94k$93,504

    Retail

    Salary Range85k - 99k$92k$92,498

    Automotive

    Salary Range78k - 99k$88k$88,333

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range75k - 90k$83k$82,684
    $75k
    $113k

    How Experience Affects Automation Engineer Salaries

    The salary for an automation engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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