12 CLEANROOM TRENDS AND SALARY SURVEY
Controlled Environments has once again surveyed 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.
Cleanrooms are used in various fields
Our first survey question asked readers about the
primary field of work performed in their facilities.
Tied for the top spot were Pharmaceuticals and
with 15.1 percent each. The next-highest field represented was another tie, between Medical Device/
Instrumentation/Electronics and Academic/Research
with 12.3 percent each. Last year’s highest-represent-ed field, Clean Manufacturing, was only represented
by a little under 5 percent of survey takers in 2018.
Other fields represented in the survey were Food
and Beverage, Nanotechnology, Nutraceuticals,
Packaging, and Semiconductors.
Cleanroom Trends and Salary Survey
For the fourth 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.
69.9% of readers plan to
purchase cleanroom attire
55.3% of readers plan to purchase clean-
room monitoring/instrumentation systems
“Other” responses made up a whopping 26.4
percent ... the open-ended answers included
responses such as Automotive, Veterinary Medicine,
Manufacturing for Oilfield Production, and
Engineering Solutions for Live Industries.
Choosing equipment and suppliers
Once again, readers were asked about their facility’s foremost concern when purchasing equipment and supplies.
For the past three years, the main concern has been the
longevity and quality of products. This response garnered
49.5 percent of responses in 2018, up from 2017’s figure
of 44.9 percent. Cost was the next highest concern, at
23. 8 percent. Getting the newest, most up-to-date
models available climbed slightly to 8. 6 percent, up
from 7. 5 percent in 2017. Survey takers concerned
about purchasing environmentally friendly products
jumped to 14. 3 percent, up from 6.1 percent in 2017.
Purchasing ethical or American-made products was
once again an infrequent concern at 3. 8 percent,
albeit higher than just 2 percent in 2017.
We queried our readers about their foremost
concern when choosing a supplier/distributor for
equipment and supplies. Cost once again took the
top spot at 24 percent. Concern for a supplier or distributor’s reputation and reviews came in at 23.1 percent, the same as last year. Desire for a wide selection
of products and services was chosen by 20.1 percent
of survey takers. Next was a sense of loyalty to the
same company, chosen by 15 percent of responders.
Environmentally conscious practices and materials
was selected by 14. 4 percent of responders. Again,
not many expressed a desire to purchase from suppliers who provide only American-made products —
this figure was the lowest at 2. 9 percent.
Responders were given a list of cleanroom supplies
and asked to select everything that their facility purchases. Attire once again took the top spot this year,
with 69.9 percent of responders saying they plan to
purchase. Consumables followed closed behind, at