It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the last two years in terms of job satisfaction and employment. Dubbed the Great Resignation, the number of U.S. workers who quit their jobs reached a new high in November 2021: 4.5 million — up from 4.2 million in October, according to the Society of Human Resource Management. The reason for the exodus is varied but suffice to say that lower-paying industries are feeling the brunt of the vacancies as workers search for more pay and better working conditions.
So, has the Great Resignation impacted the chemical industry? We aim to find that out with our annual salary and job satisfaction survey [You can take it here]. In its 17th year, we’ve collected data on everything from salaries and bonuses to job security and hours spent at work. We’ve also captured candid responses detailing the ups and downs of being in the chemical industry.
In 2005, the inaugural year of the survey, the average annual salary was $85,000 and a piece of advice included "be creative — it ain't the old days. Look to innovate using new trends that provide a very measurable value in the bottom line. Nobody can argue with hard, quantitative dollar results that are a result of creativity and hard work.” [see: “2005 Chemical Industry Salary Survey: Field of Greens."]
You can access the survey via THIS LINK ... should take you about 10 minutes. Thank you in advance for helping us better understand the industry.
In 2021 the average annual salary was $106,000 and respondents were a little more critical of their employers. One respondent noted: “There was a dramatic reduction in salary and benefits instituted in 2020 blamed on the pandemic. It’s a challenge to experience that when there is much inefficient spending, inexperienced people managing projects inefficiently, and lack of experience in the management organization.” [see: “Survey Shows How Job Satisfaction Stacks Up."]
Over the years we’ve witnessed fairly stable compensation trends and have always appreciated the candor our respondents exhibit with our open-ended questions about industry perceptions and career advice for greenhorns. We hope you take the time to offer your own experiences in the field. The survey is completely anonymous and your input is a valuable resource for Chemical Processing readers.
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