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12 INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG COVER STORY region vary greatly, so our analysis sepa- rates the U.S. responses in order to avoid skewing results. All of the results quoted in this article, other than average salary by region of the world, represent U.S. re- sponses only. Who were our respondents? Our primary respondent (making up nearly 27% of total respondents) was a U.S.-based automation/control engi- neer, but the 1,903 respondents come from all over the world, with a variety of job functions. Our respondents tended to be heavily experienced, with 63.2% counting more than 21 years of experi- ence. Engineers continue to become in- creasingly educated with over 70% of respondents having at least a bachelor's de gree and 21.6% an advanced degree. On the whole, 76.4% of our respondents reported some sort of salary increase this year, with the largest percentage (31.4%) seeing about a 3–4% increase. Just over a fifth of our global respondents (22.1%) reported a salary in the $100,000–$124,999 pay range. The second larg- est pay range reported (14.8%) was from $125,000 to $149,999. Around the world As the chart indicates, the typical engineer salary depends heavily on region, and more heavily on country. The typical U.S. engineer, for example, can expect 2.5 times the com- pensation of an engineer in neighboring Mexico. Similarly, engineers in eastern Europe should expect to make less than half as much as a western European engineer. Talking about the western Europeans, they also saw the highest growth in salary (17.3% average rise!). South Asian respondents re- ported a 24.4% increase in salary. That moves the region up four spots and out of the bottom in engineer compensation, where it was last year. African, South American, and Mexican respondents all reported salary decreases from last year. Spotlight on U.S. engineers Where the U.S. engineer is concerned, however, the financial future continues to be bright. The average salary continues to rise, posting its biggest incremental gain in nearly a decade during 2018. As we mentioned earlier, the period between 2013 and 2017 saw salaries rise by a cumulative percentage that was just higher (5.6% to 5.3%) than 2018 alone. Over that five- year period, the average salary increased around $6,200, compared to an average $6,300 raise in 2018. This continues a decade of strong growth that shows U.S. engineers increas- ing their average salary by more than $20,000 per year since 2010. Where we have voiced concern in past surveys that the financial compensation of engineers had not been rising sig nificantly with the demand, 2018 showed the U.S. engi- neer's value clearly on the rise. Does location matter for U.S. engineers? Much like the world, all U.S. regions are not equal when it comes to engineer pay. The West South Central region, which includes engineer-rich Texas, has long held the title of best pay for engineers. The region was highest again in 2018, but the statistics showed the Pacific region, especially California, right on its heels. (*Regions are defined on Wikipedia.) Only one region in the U.S., the South Atlantic region, re ported an average salary decrease in 2018. The largest per- centage increases were in the Pacific region (9.5% increase) and the West North Central region (6.9% increase). In-depth look at automation/control As nearly 40% of our U.S.-based survey respondents are in the automation/control job function, we always take an in-depth look at the statistics of this particular engineer. The automa- tion/control engineers got their share of the pay increase, reg- istering their own pay rise of more than 5%. After seeing just a $6,487 (6.3%) rise in average salary over the 2012–2017 timespan, and a miniscule $1,393 (1.2%) in 2017, automation/control engineers reported an average gain of over $6,300 in 2018. With all the concern about a looming skills gap, and the number of aging and retiring engineers Region of the U.S.* Average salary Percent respondents New England (Northeast) $123,389 4.6% Mid-Atlantic (Northeast) $114,961 10.2% East North Central (Midwest) $111,518 17.0% West North Central (Midwest) $110,698 10.1% South Atlantic (South) $106,083 13.4% East South Central (South) $114,675 3.5% West South Central (South) $134,188 21.0% Mountain (West) $105,500 8.1% Pacific (West) $133,483 12.0% U.S. average salary by region of U.S. Note: Survey was not held in 2009. U.S. average salary by year $119,354 $113,024 $110,082 $107,383 $105,383 $106,772 $103,910 $99,540 $99,337 $88,252 $83,623 $0 $20,000 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $100,000 $120,000 $140,000 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

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