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How Much Does a Controls Engineer Earn In The United States?

Controls Engineer Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$76,000
$59,000
$76,000
$97,000
Controls engineers in the United States make an average salary of $76,130 per year or $36.6 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level controls engineer salary is roughly $59,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $97,000. If you like following the crowd, manufacturing and technology companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out automotive, technology, and manufacturing companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Texas, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Connecticut provide the highest controls engineer salaries.
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Where Controls Engineers Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Controls Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to California, Texas and New Mexico, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for controls engineers. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Iowa, Kansas, and Indiana.
Location
1. Palo Alto, CA
$107,437
Avg. Salary
$51k
$128k
2. Austin, TX
$93,711
Avg. Salary
$51k
$128k
3. Birmingham, AL
$79,607
Avg. Salary
$51k
$128k
4. Roanoke, VA
$78,701
Avg. Salary
$51k
$128k
5. Tulsa, OK
$76,542
Avg. Salary
$51k
$128k
6. Jacksonville, FL
$72,695
Avg. Salary
$51k
$128k

High Paying Controls Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Controls Engineers The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like BP America and Chevron as they offer the highest salaries for controls engineers.
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Avg. Salary
$77k
$142k
Avg. Salary
$77k
$142k
Avg. Salary
$77k
$142k
Avg. Salary
$77k
$142k
$90,862
Avg. Salary
$77k
$142k
Avg. Salary
$77k
$142k

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    How Much Do Controls Engineers Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, controls engineer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that automotive, technology, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for controls engineers. For example, controls engineers make a whopping average salary of $84,019 while working for automotive companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $82,249 at technology companies and $77,009 at manufacturing companies. But controls engineers may want to avoid working in the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $68,310.
    1. Automotive
    $84,019
    Avg. Salary
    $60k
    $93k
    2. Technology
    $82,249
    Avg. Salary
    $60k
    $93k
    3. Manufacturing
    $77,009
    Avg. Salary
    $60k
    $93k
    4. Retail
    $68,310
    Avg. Salary
    $60k
    $93k

    How Experience Affects Controls Engineer Salaries

    The salary for a controls 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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