NACE International Releases 2013 Corrosion Career Salary Survey

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U.S. average annual corrosion salary reaches six-figures, Europe and Canada also see increase.

The 2013 Corrosion Career Survey conducted by NACE International’s Materials Performance magazine and released this month, indicates that the average annual salaries for corrosion professionals in the United States have reached six figures for the first time. Canada and Europe reached new highs as well.

Including salary and bonuses, the average annual U.S. compensation is $103,148, up 4.6% from the 2012 average annual U.S. salary of $98,384. In Canada, the average compensation rose 0.69% to CAN$108,108. Last year, the increases were 2.6% for the U.S. and 2.3% for Canada. In Europe the annual average salary is €68,637 (equivalent to U.S. $88,336), up by 3.7% from last year’s reported annual salary of €66,098 and a reverse of the 1.8% salary decrease experienced in Europe from 2011-2012.

“It is encouraging that this year’s survey revealed that the U.S. average salary has reached the six-figure milestone, and that Canada and Europe are experiencing salary increases as well,” says Tushar Jhaveri, NACE International president and Chief Executive of Vasu Chemicals in Mumbai, India. “It is a sure sign that corrosion control is a well-established industry with professionals that continue to prove the value of their knowledge and expertise.”

Highlights of the survey include:
Average Salary by Years of Corrosion Experience
<2 years - U.S. $102,154 / CAN$76,812 / €52,500
2 to 4 years - U.S. $95,836 / CAN$86,696 / €58,450
5 to 9 years - U.S. $107,776 / CAN$106,339 / €55,479
10 to 19 years - U.S. $104,813 / CAN$121,412 / €66,068
20+ years - U.S. $103,491 / CAN$121,855 / €92,760

Average Salary by Highest Education Level
High School - U.S. $90,433 / CAN$116,959 / €59,950
Associate Degree - U.S. $91,977 / CAN$105,260 / €63,583
Bachelor Degree - U.S. $110,744 / CAN$105,450 / €76,444
Master Degree - U.S. $122,414 / CAN$93,275 / €65,500
Doctorate - U.S. $136,618 / CAN$102,833 / €65,133
Post-Doctorate - U.S. $135,354 / CAN$98,785 / €88,666

Dominant industries represented by survey participants:
United States—oil and gas pipelines/storage tanks (28%), coatings and linings (15%), and natural gas utility (13%)
Canada—oil and gas pipelines/storage tanks (24%), coatings and linings (18%), and oil and gas extraction (15%)
Europe—coatings and linings (18%), oil and gas extraction (17%), and engineering/architectural consulting (14%)

Other highlights of the survey include average salary by NACE certification level, average salary by job type, average salary by U.S. state, average salary by Canadian province and territory, and average salary by European country. The full survey can be found here.

Materials Performance magazine has conducted its annual corrosion career survey of NACE members since 1998. The survey collects information on annual compensation, job duties, work experience, education level, company size, number of years in the profession and challenges for today’s professionals. Survey results provide the latest details on demographics and salary levels for corrosion professionals in all fields of corrosion control.

About NACE International
Founded in 1943, NACE International, The Corrosion Society, serves 32,000 members in 130 countries. Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in the U.S., China, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, the organization reaches all industries impacted by corrosion and offers the most specified technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation.


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