and Salary Survey
For the third year, Controlled Environments has surveyed its readership on cleanroom facility-related
purchasing decisions, as well as the salary and benefits of cleanroom industry professionals. We have used
these results to analyze the latest trends, which will enable you to compare your cleanroom and overall
compensation package with those of your peers.
Controlled Environments has once again sur- veyed its readers to find out what’s trending in the cleanroom business, and which industries are represented by our readership. We also
asked questions about industry salaries, workloads,
benefits, and job satisfaction.
We asked readers the primary field of work performed in their facilities. Just like last year, manufacturing took the top spot, with 20. 4 percent of
the votes. Unlike last year, though, the runner-up
spot was claimed by medical devices at 17 percent.
Closely following in third place was academic/
research, with 16. 3 percent of responses.
Pharmaceuticals came in at 14. 3 percent, and
biotechnology represented 7. 5 percent of responders. Fields that fell under the 5 percent mark—food
and beverage, life sciences, microelectronics, nanotechnology, packaging, and validation or quality
“Other” was represented by 8. 2 percent of survey responders — the open-ended answers included
responses such as power generation and fuel planning, human diagnostics, environmental rooms,
bacteria control in labs, sales, cleanroom laundry
services, and cosmetics manufacturing.
We asked readers about the condition of the facilities in which they work. A slight majority of survey
takers (43.5 percent) said they work in a new or
custom-built facility. Meanwhile, 42.2 percent work
in a retrofitted facility— compare this with the 61.4
percent of responders in the 2016 survey who said
they work in a retrofitted facility. Turnkey facility
workers made up 14. 3 percent of responses.
Once again, readers were asked about their facili-
ty’s foremost concern when purchasing equipment
and supplies. Like last year and the year before,
the main concern was the longevity and quality of