Automation.com 2007 Salary Survey Results

Introduction

First, we'd like to say "Thank you!" to everyone who took the time to complete our 2007 survey.  These salary statistics and information are specific to the Automation.com audience and/or subscribers (industrial automation, process control, and instrumentation engineers and other professionals) and are relative to job function, industry type, education level, years of experience, etc.  Click here to see survey questions.

This year we received a total of 1563 responses from all over the world. Since salaries vary so much depending on geography, the following results were tallied from the US responses only, a total of 864 respondents. The results are depicted in chart and table form.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to read some of own interesting observations from this survey.

Typical Survey Respondent

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 Indicator

 Percentage of Respondents or Average

 Job Function  Automation/Control Engineering (45.0%)
 Average Age  43.6
 Gender  Male (95.6%)
 Race/Ethnicity  Caucasian (81.8%)
 US Geograpic Region  Midwest (25.9%)
 Education Level  College graduate (45.3%, 14.6% have advanced degree)

 Degree Received
 (Field of Study)

 Electrical Engineering (29.7%)
 Electrical Engineering Technology (15.3%)
 Years of Experience  18.1 (average)
 Years with Present Employer  2 year or less (36.3%)
 3 to 5 years (19.4%)
 Annual Salary  $83,623 (average)
 Bonus Last Year  None (45.1%)
 Typical Work Week  46.8 hours (average)
 Vacation  2.8 Weeks per year (average)
 Job Satisfaction  Somewhat satisfied (49.9%)
 Top 3 Job Satisfaction Factors  Salary (52.7%)
 Feeling of accomplishment (42.9%)
 Technical challenge (42.5%)
 Top 3 Benefits, excluding salary  Health Insurance (67.7%)
 Pension Plan/401K (46.6%)
 Flexible Working Hours (41.9%)

Average Salary by Job Function

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 Job Function

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 Automation/Control Engineering  $82,622  45.0%
 Design Engineering  $71,250  2.8%
 Engineering Management  $102,574  3.9%
 General or Operations Management  $103,676  2.0%
 Inside Sales  $50,909  1.3%
 Instrumentation Engineering  $91,250  1.9%

 Marketing & Public Relations

 $92,586  3.4%

 Operations and Maintenance

 $71,741  6.5%
 Outside Sales  $100,213  5.4%
 Plant Engineering  $90,000  1.0%
 Process Engineering  $79,118  2.0%
 Production/Manufacturing Engineering  $66,667  1.4%
 Quality Control, Evaluation & Testing  $109,167  0.7%
 Research & Development  $95,000  1.9%
 Systems Integration/Consulting  $83,083  6.9%
 Technical/ Application Support  $69,959  7.1%
 Training/Education  $77,143  1.6%
 Other  $92,065  5.3%

Average Salary by Industry

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 Industry

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 Raw material processing  $85,417  11.1%
 Manufacturer of machinery and equipment  $76,366  12.5%
 Aircraft, missile or ordnance manufacturing  $93,000  0.6%
 Instrumentation and control equipment manufacturing  $89,770  10.1%
 Automotive or other transportation equipment manufacturing  $72,986  4.2%

 Other fabricated metal

 $67,857  0.8%
 Miscellaneous manufacturing  $82,791  11.9%
 Utility services (gas, electric, waterworks, etc.)  $80,039  7.4%
 Engineering/construction  $92,246  8.0%
 Research & development  $79,038  1.5%
 Software  $87,353  2.0%
 System Integration  $83,877  13.7%
 Training/Education  $78,611  2.1%
 Other  $86,463  14.2%

Average Salary by Years of Work Experience

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 Years of Work Experience

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 2 years or less  $49,634  4.7%
 3 to 5 years  $58,125  4.6%
 6 to 10 years  $73,797  15.%
 11 to 15 years  $82,232  16.2%
 16 to 20 years  $86,906  16.1%

 21 to 25 years

 $91,541  16.9%
 26 to 30 years  $92,459  14.0%
 31 or more years  $95,361  12.0%

Average Salary by Company Tenure

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 Years With Present Employer

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 2 years or less  $77,548  36.3%
 3 to 5 years  $85,952  19.4%
 6 to 10 years  $83,540  18.6%
 11 to 15 years  $85,988  9.4%
 16 to 20 years  $92,617  7.4%

 21 to 25 years

 $95,197  4.4%
 26 to 30 years  $92,813  2.8%
 31 or more years  $89,286  1.6%

Average Salary by Highest Level of Education

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 Highest Level of Education

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 Advanced Degree  $93,631  14.6%
 Attended Some Graduate School  $99,091  6.4%
 College Graduate  $83,638  45.3%
 Attended Some College  $79,057  13.2%
 Technical/Trade School Graduate  $73,254  13.4%

 Attended Some Technical/Trade School

 $72,586  3.4%
 High School Graduate  $78,629  3.6%
 Attended Some High School  $95,000  0.2%

Average Salary by Bachelor Degree Received

This data is calculated from the 556 respondents who indicated they have received a Bachelor's Degree. The percent numbers are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864. Please note that some respondents reported they have more than one degree.

 Degree (Bachelor)

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 Electrical Engineering  $90,561  29.7%
 Electrical Engineering Technology  $78,441  15.3%
 Mechanical Engineering  $86,205  10.1%
 Control Engineering  $78,889  4.9%
 Chemical Engineering  $99,375  7.9%

 Other Engineering

 $81,531  8.8%
 Physics  $85,556  1.6%
 Computer Science  $95,086  5.2%
 Mathematics  $72,813  1.4%
 Other Science  $84,737  3.4%
 Business Administration  $85,833  4.3%
 IT/Systems  $79,375  2.2%
 Liberal Arts  $93,500  2.7%
 All Other  $80,357  2.5%

Average Salary by Advanced Degree Received

This data is calculated from 126 (14.6%) respondents who indicated they have received an Advanced Degree. The percent numbers are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864. Please note that some respondents reported they have more than one advanced degree.

 Degree (Advanced)

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 Electrical Engineering  $83,138  23.3%
 Electrical Engineering Technology  $69,615  6.4%
 Mechanical Engineering  $97,500  5.9%
 Control Engineering  $88,690  10.4%
 Chemical Engineering  $105,000  5.4%

 Other Engineering

 $98,056  8.9%
 Physics  $81,667  3.0%
 Computer Science  $85,385  6.4%
 Mathematics  $65,000  1.0%
 Other Science  $88,571  3.5%
 Business Administration  $100,887  15.3%
 IT/Systems  $60,000  1.0%
 Liberal Arts  $73,000  2.5%
 All Other  $72,143  6.9%

Average Salary by Gender

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 Gender

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 Male  $84,210  95.6%
 Female  $70,395  4.4%

Average Salary by Race/Ethnicity

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 Race/Ethnicity

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 African American  $69,167  1.4%
 Asian  $82,500  5.9%
 Caucasian  $83,299  81.8%
 Hispanic  $80,242  3.6%
 Other  $82,900  2.9%

 No Answer

 $97,434  4.4%

Average Salary by Employment Type

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 Employment Type

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 Contractor  $92,500  9.6%
 Direct Employee  $82,689  90.4%

Average Salary by US Geographic Region

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 US Geographic Region

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 Great Lakes  $79,294  9.8%
 Mid-Atlantic  $88,634  11.3%
 Midwest  $76,435  25.9%
 New England  $81,850  5.8%
 Pacific Northwest  $87,500  6.9%

 So-Cal

 $91,810  3.2%
 South  $89,611  10.4%
 Southeast  $83,716  12.8%
 Southwest  $88,582  11.8%
 Other  $71,741  1.9%

Average Salary by Company or Division Size

The percent numbers indicated in the right-hand column are relative to the total number of survey respondents of 864.

 Company or Division Size

 Average Salary

Percent Respondents 

 less than 30  $80,293  18.8%
 30 to 49  $81,762  7.1%
 50 to 99  $76,599  10%
 100 to 249  $76,594  16.0%
 250 to 499  $84,973  10.9%

 500 to 999

 $85,294  7.9%
 1,000 to 4,999  $89,804  13.3%
 5,000 to 9,999  $90,385  6.0%
 10,000 or more  $94,517  10.2%

Breakdown of Respondents by Annual Gross Income

Breakdown of Respondents by Annual Gross Income as Commissions and/or Bonuses

Breakdown of Respondents by Job Function

Breakdown of Respondents by Years of Work Experience

Breakdown of Respondents by Education

Breakdown of Respondents by Degree Received

Breakdown of Respondents by Primary Business or Industry

Breakdown of Respondents by Age

Breakdown of Respondents by Race/Ethnicity

Breakdown of Respondents by Job Satisfaction

Breakdown of Respondents by Weeks of Vacation per Year

Breakdown of Respondents by Years with Present Employer

Interesting Observations

Good news! In two years, the average overall salary jumped from $76,926 to $83,623...roughly a 4% increase per year.

It pays to obtain an advanced degree (or even attend some graduate school)...those with an advanced degree have a $9,993 higher annual salary ($93,631) than those with a bachelor's degree ($83,638).

The highest paying job function was Quality Control, Evaluation & Testing at $109,167. It appears that the executives have been able to justify paying high salaries when it comes to quality assurance. Next in line were General or Operations Management at $103,676 and Engineering Management at $102,574. It pays to be in management! And as you might expect the next highest salary was associated with all those hard working (or not so hard working) outside sales guys.

The highest paid degrees were Chemical Engineering at $99,375 followed by Computer Science at $95,086.

Guess which region within the U.S. demands the highest salary. If you guessed Southern California, you're RIGHT. The average salary in Southern California is $91,810. The Southern region came in second at $89,611.

Independent contractors are bringing in an average of $9,811 more per year than direct employees...that's almost a $2,500 decrease compared to 2005.

Professionals working for very small companies (less than 50 people) are paid higher than those working for companies with 50 to 249 people. But otherwise, the larger the company, the larger the pay.

If you have any comments or questions regarding our 2007 survey or results, please don't hesitate to contact Rick Zabel.