Salary Survey Results 2017

Introduction

Published October 2017.  Salary data was collected between July 3 and August 22, 2017.

Thank you to the 2,262 respondents from around the world who took the time to participate in the 2017 Salary Survey.  These salary statistics and information are specific to the Automation.com and InTech audience and/or subscribers (industrial automation, process control, and instrumentation engineers and other professionals).

Note: With the exception of the "Salary by Region of the World" data, the following results are a representation of the 1,553 respondents currently working in the United States only.  The United States made up 72.2% of the total responses, with the next largest region being Canada with 144 responses.

Read the summary article of the results, '2017 Salary Survey Results: Are we seeing a pay plateau in automation?' written by Cory Fogg, Content Editor at Automation.com.  The article was originally published in the October 2017 issue of InTech magazine and InTech Online.

Typical Survey Respondent

 The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of US survey respondents - 1,553.

 Indicator

 Percentage of Respondents or Average

 Job Function  Automation/Control Engineering (37.6%)
 Region  United States (72.2%) with largest state of Texas (16.9%)
 Education Level  College graduate (54.2%, 15.8% have Advanced Degree)
 Years of Experience  31 years or more (18.8%)
 26-30 years (17.6%)
 2016 Annual Gross Income
 $100,000 - $124,999 (25.9%)
 Compensation Increase over 2015
 3-4% Increase (32.49%)
 1-2% Increase (31.29%)
 Job Satisfaction  Not Seeking New Employment (53.1%)
 Passively Seeking New Employment (38.5%)

 

Average Salary by Region of the World

 

 Region of World

Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 United States  $110,082  73.3%
 Canada  $100,468  6.7%
 Mexico  $56,052  0.9%
 Central America (including Caribbean)  $57,500  0.7%
 South America
 $51,859           4.0%
 Europe (Western)
 $79,444  4.6%
 Europe (Eastern)                           
 $43,600  1.2%
 Africa  $51,216  1.7%
 Middle East
 $74,114  2.2%
 Australia and New Zealand
 $120,357  0.9%
 Asia & South Pacific
 $47,500  2.5%
 South Asia
 $39,956  2.7%

 

Average Salary by Region of the United States

 *Regions as defined by Wikipedia.

Region of the United States*

Average Salary

Percent Respondents

 New England (Northeast)  $112,777  5.1%
 Mid-Atlantic (Northeast)  $107,250  9.5%
 East North Central (Midwest)  $99,623  15.9%
 West North Central (Midwest)  $103,044  10.0%
 South Atlantic (South)  $106,355  15.3%
 East South Central (South)  $109,480  5.0%
 West South Central (South)  $126,690  20.7%
 Mountain (West)  $103,528  6.9%
 Pacific (West)  $120,801  11.7%

 

Average Salary by Opportunity Seeking Status

 

Employment Type

Average Salary

Percent Respondents

 Actively Seeking  $95,000
 8.4%  
 Passively Seeking 
 $111,099  38.5%
 Not Seeking   $117,260  53.1%

 

Average Salary by Highest Level of Education

 

 Level of Education

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 High School Graduate  $100,128     
  2.5%
 Technical/Trade School Graduate       
 $96,260  14.7%
 Attended Some College  $99,275  12.9%
 College Graduate  $117,636  54.2%
 Graduate School/Advanced Degree
 $126,071  15.8%

 

Average Salary by Certification Status

  

 Do you have any (ISA or other association) professional certifications?

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 Yes                         
 $114,479
 29.4%
 No  $113,033  68.2%
 In Progress  $95,328  1.8%

 

Average Salary by Professional Work Experience

 

 Years of Professional Work Experience

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 2 Years or Fewer     
 $63,023
 2.8%
 3-5 Years
 $73,948  5.7%
 6-10 Years  $95,625  9.8%
 11-15 Years  $110,930  11.1%
 16-20 Years  $115,096  11.7%
 21-25 Years  $118,487  15.3%
 26-30 Years  $119,580  17.6%
 31 or More Years  $125,672  18.8%

 

Average Salary by Job Function

 

 Job Function

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 Automation/Control Engineering  $110,577  37.6%
 Consulting Engineering  $126,653  4.2%
 Design Engineering  $107,409  5.3%
 Engineering Management  $150,149  9.7%
 General or Operations Management              
 $127,812
 3.6%
 Operations and Maintenance  $94,409  14.2%
 Process/Plant/Manufacturing Engineering  $103,378  3.9%
 Project Management  $123,277  4.8%
 Sales - Business Development  $123,417  7.0%
 Other
 $95,281  9.7%

 

Average Salary by Company's Primary Industry

 

 Industry

 Average Salary

Percent
Respondents
 

 Chemicals  $118,066  9.7%
 Engineering Consulting or Systems Integration  $119,423  20.9%
 Food & Beverage  $104,375  5.7%
 Industrial Machinery & Equipment  $104,406  11.4%
 Oil & Gas  $135,362  12.4%
 Pharmaceuticals  $124,927  4.4%
 Utilities - Electrical, Natural Gas, Nuclear  $118,104  7.7%
 Utilities -Water/Wastewater  $90,795  8.5%
 Other  $101,797  19.3%

 

Average Salary by P.E. License Status

 

 P.E. Licensed?

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents

 Yes 
 $134,033
 15.3%
 No
 $109,600  81.3%
 In Progress  $100,048  3.3%