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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Controls Engineer Salary

$82,412 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$39.62 hourly

Entry level Salary
$63,000 yearly
$63,000
10 %
$82,412
Median
$107,000
90 %

How much does a Controls Engineer make?

Controls engineers make $82,412 per year on average, or $39.62 per hour, in the United States. Controls engineers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $63,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $107,000.

Location impacts how much a controls engineer can expect to make. Controls engineers make the most in California, Massachusetts, Washington, New Hampshire, and New Mexico.

Highest Paying States For Controls Engineers

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

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Controls Engineer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1California$108,107$51.974,848
2Massachusetts$97,883$47.06883
3Washington$95,174$45.76815
4New Mexico$94,276$45.33138
5Michigan$88,623$42.61818
6New Hampshire$95,093$45.72110
7Arizona$88,338$42.47732
8District of Columbia$93,406$44.91238
9Texas$87,491$42.061,650
10Nevada$88,799$42.69129
11Virginia$84,847$40.791,226
12Colorado$83,182$39.99778
13Vermont$89,261$42.9143
14Maryland$87,204$41.92817
15Rhode Island$89,476$43.0254
16North Dakota$85,228$40.9848
17Connecticut$85,464$41.09254
18Alabama$79,638$38.29409
19New Jersey$91,230$43.86383
20Delaware$82,346$39.59104
21Utah$74,845$35.98309
22Maine$82,662$39.7458
23Pennsylvania$78,885$37.93603
24New York$80,922$38.90928
25Ohio$74,202$35.67636
26Oklahoma$78,992$37.98114
27Minnesota$75,733$36.41430
28Illinois$76,313$36.69727
29Arkansas$76,394$36.73101
30Wyoming$71,565$34.4142
31Indiana$72,164$34.69386
32Idaho$74,388$35.7674
33Missouri$74,323$35.73289
34Oregon$70,808$34.04447
35Mississippi$73,392$35.2864
36Georgia$71,218$34.24690
37Iowa$71,022$34.15210
38North Carolina$70,490$33.89634
39Alaska$73,192$35.1945
40Florida$69,861$33.59999
41West Virginia$70,956$34.1144
42Hawaii$72,601$34.9051
43Wisconsin$63,439$30.50461
44Tennessee$69,113$33.23247
45Nebraska$69,342$33.3498
46Kansas$66,076$31.77146
47South Carolina$66,413$31.93231
48Kentucky$63,187$30.38165
49Louisiana$60,468$29.0788
50Montana$55,338$26.6044
51South Dakota$51,888$24.9528

Highest Paying Cities For Controls Engineers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Palo Alto, CA$114,650$55.12
2Shelby, MI$89,322$42.94
3Austin, TX$88,467$42.53
4Chandler, AZ$88,251$42.43
5Denver, CO$83,124$39.96
6Roanoke, VA$82,798$39.81
7New York, NY$80,801$38.85
8Birmingham, AL$79,520$38.23
9Erie, PA$78,605$37.79
10Chicago, IL$76,595$36.82
11Warren, OH$76,448$36.75
12Minneapolis, MN$75,709$36.40
13Saint Louis, MO$74,447$35.79
14Indianapolis, IN$71,833$34.54
15Jacksonville, FL$71,469$34.36

Controls Engineer Salary Details

Controls Engineer Salary

What is a Controls Engineer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$107,000$8,917$51
75th Percentile$94,000$7,833$45
Average$82,412$6,868$40
25th Percentile$71,000$5,917$34
10th Percentile$63,000$5,250$30

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Electrical Designer$70,750$5,896$34.0182,332
Engineering Trainee$60,076$5,006$28.8879,966
Telecommunication Engineer$86,883$7,240$41.7728,331
Staff Design Engineer$128,984$10,749$62.01154,963
Radio Frequency Engineer$85,783$7,149$41.2435,158
Special Project Engineer$72,628$6,052$34.9290,999

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Caterpillar Jobs (46)
  2. Ford Motor Jobs (102)
  3. General Motors Jobs (126)
  4. Tesla Jobs (99)
  5. Populus Group Jobs (41)

Which Companies Pay Controls Engineers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Google and Chevron are the highest paying companies for controls engineers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Google$122,491$58.89256
2Chevron$115,202$55.392
3Microsoft$114,612$55.1091
4Stanford University$114,050$54.838
5Gentherm$110,291$53.02
6Club Car$109,745$52.76
7Ross Stores$109,225$52.5114
8Staples$108,603$52.21
9CTG$108,297$52.071
10Gentex$107,132$51.514
11Nautilus$106,427$51.17
12Kroger$106,388$51.154
13Dole$106,221$51.072
14Koch Industries$105,225$50.5944
15Tyson Foods$105,140$50.5526
16Preco Electronics$103,822$49.91
17Nabors Industries$102,419$49.241
18TreeHouse Foods$102,362$49.211
19Daimler Trucks North America$102,333$49.204
20MRI Software$102,062$49.07

How Much Do Controls Engineers Make In Different Industries?

Controls engineer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the automotive, energy, and manufacturing industries tend to offer much higher salaries for controls engineers. For example, controls engineers make a whopping average salary of $87,470 while working in the automotive industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $84,723 in the energy industry and $84,159 in the manufacturing industry.

Controls engineers may want to avoid working in the technology industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $80,332.

Highest Paying Industries For Controls Engineers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Automotive$87,470$42.05
2Energy$84,723$40.73
3Manufacturing$84,159$40.46
4Professional$80,367$38.64
5Technology$80,332$38.62

High Paying Controls Engineer Jobs

Controls Engineer Salary Trends

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.

Controls Engineer Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$59,800$28.75
Mid Level$100,000$48.08
Senior Level$134,000$64.58

Average Controls Engineer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Controls Engineer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$82,400$39.62+1.8%
    2021$80,900$38.90+2.7%
    2020$78,700$37.84+0.5%
    2019$78,300$37.65+2.9%
    2018$76,000$36.55+0.9%

    Recently Added Controls Engineer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Trane TechnologiesControl Strategy EngineerLa Crosse, WI06/02/2022$80,000
    Diedre Moire Corp.CNC EngineerRock Hill, SC06/01/2022$90,000
    Diedre Moire Corp.CNC EngineerWaltham, MA06/01/2022$90,000
    Diedre Moire Corp.Controls EngineerBranchburg, NJ06/01/2022$120,000
    DVS TechnosoftControl EngineerTroy, MI06/01/2022$70,000
    Diedre Moire Corp.CNC EngineerGreensboro, NC06/01/2022$90,000
    PerspectaFacilities Operations/Control EngineerCleveland, OH05/31/2022$66,800
    Sterling EngineeringControls EngineerItasca, IL05/31/2022$55,000
    Goodwin RecruitingControls EngineerIndianapolis, IN05/30/2022$85,000
    Goodwin RecruitingControls EngineerPoughkeepsie, NY05/30/2022$90,000

    Controls Engineer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Controls Engineers the most?

    California pays Controls Engineers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $108,107 per year, or $51.97 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Controls Engineer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Controls Engineer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Massachusetts you should be paid close to $97,883 per year.

    What type of Controls Engineer gets paid the most?

    Staff Design Engineer gets paid the most. Staff Design Engineer made a median salary of $128,984. The best-paid 10 percent make $148,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $111,000.

    Do engineers make 300K?

    No, engineers do not typically make 300K. While the starting salary for engineers is high, average earnings in the US are typically between $67,000 - $156,000 a year. The average 2021 salary for engineers is $70,634. Income varies dramatically based on which field of engineering you are in and where you live.

    How much do control systems engineers make?

    Control systems engineers make about $80,000 yearly or 38.70 hourly. As most jobs go, factors like location, company, and experience can determine your exact salary.

    On the lower end of the salary range, you may make around $62,000, typically for entry-level positions and working in low-paying states like Nebraska and Wisconsin. On the higher end, you can earn six-figure salaries at $103,000, typically for senior-level jobs. Some of the top-paying states are California, with an average salary of $109,825, and Texas, $101,965. Some of the top-paying companies are Valero Energy and Chevron, offering average wages above $126,000.

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