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COVER STORY How does the American engineer fare? For the American engineer, how- ever (the U.S. version anyway, sorry Mexico and Canada), the average salary continues to rise. This is heartening for the coun- try, or at least it seemed so until we dusted off our 12-year salary chart. As last year's article explained, between 2005 and 2011, there was a relatively significant increase in the average salary. Over that five- year period, the average salary increased by more than $22,400 (a 29% increase). Over a similar length of time (2011–2016), that rise was a mere $10,542 (a 10.6% increase). Well, one concern for automation is that this number has fallen again. From 2012–2017, the U.S. has seen these salaries rise by only $9,114 (8.8%). In an in - dustry with so much demand, and supposedly dwindling supply, this number should be higher. U.S. regions matter too Like the world at large, where engineers live within the U.S. also affects pay. The West South Central region, especially Texas, has long held the title of best pay for engineers, and wins yet again in 2017. But it may not hold it for long. The West South Central, while being the highest in terms of average salary, actually dropped this year. Average salaries in that region fell by $854 (0.7%), while its two top competing regions—New England (up $7,379, 6.5%) and the Pacific (up $6,296, 5.5%)—both saw a significant rise. (*Re- gions are defined on Wikipedia.) continue to expect rising automation salaries in the years to come. Salary determining factors Through our years of conducting this salary survey, we have identified the five major factors that determine salary: l geographic region l job function l level of education l industry segment l years of experience The data-happy among you are in for a treat. O ur survey collected 2,261 responses from automation professionals located around the world, including more than 1,500 from the U.S. Because salaries around the world vary greatly, as you will see, we separated the U.S. responses in order to avoid skewing results. All of the results in this article, other than av- erage salary by region of the world, represent U.S. responses only. Who did we survey? Our average respondent was a U.S.-based au- tomation/control engineer, but the 2,261 re- spondents come from all over the world, with a variety of job functions. Our respondents tend to be quite experienced, indicated by the 50% with more than 21 years of experience. More than half (54.2%) of the respondents were college graduates with a bachelor's de- gree, and 15.8% received an advanced degree. Of respondents, 79% reported salary increases this year, with the largest percentage (30.7%) seeing about a 3–4% increase. Just over a fifth of respondents (21.6%) report- ed a salary in the $100,000–$124,999 pay range. The second largest percentage (12.7%) reported a pay range of $125,000–$149,999. Disparate global climate As the chart indicates, where you live in the world greatly determines what level of pay you can expect. Engineers in eastern Europe, for in - stance, should not expect to make much more than half of their western European brethren, while average salaries in the Middle East (down 11.7%) and South Asia (down 28.2%!) have tum - bled significantly. Not coincidentally, both re- gions are heavily involved with the oil and gas industry, which may have some effect on the salary decreases. That said, for the more global of the economical engineers, Australia and New Zealand (up 16.4% in a small sample size) seems to be the ideal destination. Note: Surveys were not held in 2006 and 2009. INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 11 Average salary by region of the world Region of world Average salary Percent respondents U.S. $113,024 72.2% Canada $100,468 6.7% Mexico $56,052 0.9% Central America (including Caribbean) $57,500 0.7% South America $58,323 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 0.7% Asia and South Pacific $47,500 2.5% South Asia $39,956 2 .7% $113,024 $110,082 $107,383 $105,383 $106,772 $103,910 $99,540 $99,337 $88,252 $83,623 $76,926 $0 $20,000 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $100,000 $120,000 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 U.S. average salary by year

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