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Monday, July 27, 2015

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Compensation for corrosion professionals in the U.S., Canada and Europe has grown, while those in the United Kingdom experienced a slight decline in salary, as reported by a new survey from NACE International.

Likewise, the typical corrosion professional in North America and the U.K. earns an above-average salary when compared to the U.S. mean annual wage for engineers, according to the Corrosion Career Survey Results for 2015.

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Average compensation for a corrosion professional in North America and Europe continues to grow, as reported by the NACE Corrosion Career Survey Results for 2015.

The career and salary survey of NACE International members, conducted annually since 1998 by its Materials Performance magazine, reports on average annual salaries by:

  • Certification and education level;
  • Years of experience;
  • Company size;
  • Work week;
  • Gender;
  • Job duties and company function; and
  • Geographic location.

The report also shares insights into what the survey respondents identify as career priorities and challenges.

History of salaries
NACE International, Materials Performance

The report shares a history of average corrosion salaries for the past five years.

A Snapshot of the U.S.

Compensation for corrosion professionals in the U.S. continued to grow, although at a slower rate than that shown in 2014’s survey, the data indicated.

The average U.S. corrosion salary and bonus combination is $113,734, up 4.71 percent from 2014 but down from the 5.3 percent increase reported the previous year.

About 60 percent of U.S. respondents have worked in corrosion prevention and mitigation for at least 10 years.

The top average salaries among U.S. respondents were earned by management ($135,684), consultants ($130,940) and engineers ($127,958). 

Industries showing the highest average salaries for the U.S. were oil and gas extraction ($149,903), research and development ($136,429) and engineering/architecture consulting firms ($122,338).

The Scene in Canada

According to the report, the average corrosion salary in Canada was CAN$121,538, a slight increase of 0.88 percent from 2014 but much lower than the 11.4 percent increase announced in 2014’s published results.

About 50 percent of Canadian corrosion professionals have been in this segment for 10-plus years.

The highest average annual salaries reported by Canadian participants were in management (CAN$156,410), inspector/QA/QC (CAN$135,980) and sales and marketing (CAN$130,000).

In Canada, the types of companies paying top average salaries were oil and gas extraction (CAN$150,882), refining (CAN$141,875) and chemical processing (CAN$137,143).

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Oil and gas extraction, refining, and ships/marine/offshore platforms were among the industries reporting top average annual salaries, according to survey respondents.

Across Europe and the U.K.

The survey showed corrosion professionals in Europe earned €76,147 a year on average. This was an increase of 13.75% from the previous year, a huge bounce back from the 2.5 percent decrease they reported in last year’s results.

Meanwhile, the U.K. showed a decline, as data indicated an average salary of  £75,690, down 3.81 percent from 2014.

In Europe, 51 percent of survey participants reported working in corrosion prevention and mitigation for 10 years or more, while 66 percent of respondents in the U.K. indicated the same

Management (€122,143) and sales and marketing (€103,077) reported the top average annual salaries in Europe, and consultants (£91,207) and management (£86,111) were highest-paid in the U.K.

The industries paying the highest average annual salaries in Europe were oil and gas extraction (€116,429), ships/marine/offshore platforms (€88,333) and oil and gas pipelines/storage tanks (€87,500).

In the U.K., industries reporting top average salaries included oil and gas extraction (£116,000), engineering/architecture consulting firms (£79,231) and ships/marine/offshore platforms (£67,500).

Annual compensation by region
NACE International, Materials Performance

Survey data shows the breakdown of annual compensation for corrosion professionals in the regions covered.

Challenges and Opportunities

When it comes to career opportunities and needed change, respondents shared many of the same concerns.

Responses indicated that, as a whole, many corrosion professionals in all survey segments would like to see more advancement opportunities.

In North America, a larger budget for corrosion control was noted as an area for change. In Europe improved access to corrosion control technologies was top of mind, while improved job security was given priority in the U.K.

Respondents in all regions also shared a desire for lighter workloads, less travel, more vacation time, more education opportunities and better pay.

Of the challenges participants chose to identify, a common thread appeared: creating understanding among non-corrosion personnel, including management, finance and procurement professionals, clients and more, in terms of corrosion prevention and control.

As one participant noted, “Everyone is in favor of asset integrity until they have to budget and pay for the implementation.” Another continued that line of thinking: “with a little expenditure now, a lot could be saved in the future.”


Tagged categories: Corrosion; Europe; NACE; North America; Program/Project Management

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