vey takers; 13. 3 percent finished some college classes; and 9.2 percent hold a high school diploma.
International responses also declined this year,
with only 14 percent of survey takers saying they live
outside of the U.S.— the number was 24 percent in
2015, and 31.3 percent in 2016. As for U.S. workers,
the Midwest slightly edged out the Northeast this
year for the top spot, at 29.8 percent versus 28.1 percent, respectively. Western cleanroom workers are
represented at 15. 7 percent, and Southern workers
make up 12. 4 percent of our survey audience.
We asked about job titles. A slight majority of
readers (39.2 percent) say they are in a non-sales
management position — examples we gave included product manager, operations manager, branch
manager, purchasing manager, and facility manager.
Employees in a non-management position represent
29.2 percent of survey takers, and 18. 3 percent said
they are a C-level executive (owner, chairperson,
CEO, CFO, etc.). Five responders said they are in
sales. The open-ended portion of this question
invited survey responders to fill in their position if it
wasn’t named — we received responses from people
who work in stockroom management, academics,
quality assurance, lab technicians, tech services,
executive assistance, and safety.
A happy worker is a busy worker
Last year, those that took our survey seemed to be
content with their jobs and felt that they are fairly
We asked how long survey takers had been with
their company. Just like last year (compared to 2015,
when the clear majority of responders — 32 percent — said they’d been with their company for just
one to five years), this year’s results were once again
evenly spread between the date ranges. Results fell
in the 12 to 16 percent range for people who had
been with their company for anywhere from seven
to more than 25 years.
We asked people how long they have held their
current position for under 10 years — 18. 2 percent
said five to seven years; 17. 4 percent said 10 to 15
years; 14 percent said seven to 10 years; 13. 2 percent
said one to three years; 10. 7 percent said 25 years
or more; 9.9 percent said 15 to 20 years; 9.1 percent
said three to five years; 5. 8 percent said 20 to 25
years; and only 1.7 percent said they’ve been with
their company for a year or less.
The majority of survey takers (35.5 percent)
supervise one to five employees, while 20. 7 percent
said they supervise 20 or more people; 14.9 percent
supervise six to 10 employees; 7. 4 percent supervise
10 to 20 employees. A significant percentage ( 21. 5
percent) do not supervise anyone at all.
Just like last year and the year before, workloads
have increased for about three-quarters of survey
responders. Most survey takers reported getting
some kind of increase in pay or benefits in the past
year, whether it was a performance-based raise, a
cost-of-living raise, or a stronger benefits package. A
little under a quarter of responders said they did not
receive any kind of salary increase whatsoever. In a
separate question, 84.6 percent said they have not
faced any salary or benefits cuts in the past year.
When asked if their company offers adequate
opportunities for growth, 53.8 percent said “yes” and
30.3 percent said “no”, while 16 percent of survey
takers said they are not sure.
We also asked those surveyed if they believe they
are fairly compensated. This year, 67.5 percent said
“yes”, up from 60 percent last year and slightly down
from 69 percent in 2015.
We invited our survey takers to tell us why they
may or may not feel their compensation is fair. Most
people said in the open-ended section that, overall,
they feel their compensation is satisfactory, although
more money would always be nice. One responder lamented that co-workers with less experience
seem to make more. A few said they don’t appreciate working longer hours for little/no extra pay or
benefits. One of the more interesting responses was
simply “corporate greed.”