Am I naive?
I started in the electrical/controls trade 20+ years ago. I started in a warehouse threading rigid conduit for a commercial electrical contractor and after going trough an electrical apprenticeship, getting my unlimited electrical contractors licence, installing industrial and DDC controls I have found myself as the lead programmer for a growing controls contractor.
I'm reaching 10 years with the same company and I am being told that I am reaching the top of my salary range and the only way for me to increase my pay is to become management.
There are a couple problems with that, I'm the type of person who gets things done, not getting people to do them and I simply love programming. I started with Tridium R2 and was one of the first to become AX certified in my area. I work with a Honeywell contractor and think the Spyder controller is one of the best available today.
My question is.....If an employee is making you money, gets the job done, and is heavily relied on is there truly a top pay mark?
What is a reasonable salary for a controls programmer who also provides most of the technical support for the controls and sequence interpretations for a company?
Unfortunately, most companies set a salary lid on certain positions. So it is probably safe to say that you will need to move up to the next level to earn more. You could start your own business, or contract yourself out to companies in your area since you are a controls programmer.
Have you looked at automation?
You sound like you love a challenge, and big problems don't scare you. Robotics and automation are coming our way in a big way. Have you considered these paths at all? I keep seeing more and more articles about how manufacturing is coming back to the US, but without the workers - Just robots and programmers....... It kinda sucks for the workers, but for smart people like us, it could mean payday...
Originally Posted by BMartin9000
I built and installed industrial control panels for years. I was working a project in East St Louis terminating IO when a guy walked up to the panel with his laptop and started programming the PLC. I knew I wanted to be that guy. Somehow I got sidetracked and got into DDC. I love it because the fun of the challenge is there but no holiday shutdowns like with industrial work.
Originally Posted by tuba
Process controls are great but the diversity of DDC just due to some of the stuff engineers dream up appeals more to my creativity.
If an opportunity in Industrial opened up again I would consider it though.
This is simple.
Go in and ask for a raise.
If they give it to you, good.
If not, look for another company who will pay you what you think you're worth. If no one wants to pay you what you think you're worth, well, then you have your answer. Either you're not worth it or the market in your area can't support it. You might have to move.
I'm an HVAC tech that loves to work on chillers. I think I am quite good at what I do. My employer didn't want to pay more, so I moved on. I moved out of state. Now I make $25,000 more than I did before. Now I feel like I am getting paid what I am worth.
do you have friends in your area that do what you do and make more money?
true knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
Where you at now?
Originally Posted by TheChillerMan
I left one Trane office and went to another, out of state.
Originally Posted by MechanicallyInclined