Controlled Environments recently surveyed its readership on facility purchasing and 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.
We surveyed over 140 readers to find out what’s trending in the cleanroom business, and we also asked questions about industry salaries, workloads, benefits, and job satisfaction.
Nearly a quarter of responders work in the pharmaceutical industry. Other popular professions include manufacturing, medical devices, biotechnology, validation/
quality assurance, aerospace, and academic/research.
About 53% of survey participants work in retrofitted
facilities, while 37% work in a new or custom-build facility and 10% work in a turnkey facility.
Cost is king? Not always
When purchasing items for the cleanroom, nearly 46%
of responders say that they are most concerned about
the longevity and quality of the products. The cost of
these products is the second-highest concern at 35%,
and 8% of survey takers want the newest, most up-to-date models available. Just a few look for environmentally conscious manufacturing practices or American-made
However, cost IS the biggest concern (35%) when
when choosing a supplier/distributor for equipment and
supplies, followed by 26% who say they are most con-
cerned with a vendor’s reputation and reviews. Nearly
11% choose the same supplier/distributor year after year.
Consumables take top billing
We provided a list of cleanroom supplies and asked participants to select the ones that their facility purchases. Nearly
74% of responders report that their facility purchases cleanroom consumables, such as wipers
and swabs. Cleanroom attire is purchased by
69% of total survey participants. Monitoring/
instrumentation systems make up 66% of the
results. The lowest response, at 46%, is cleanroom services (outside cleaning companies,
consultants, designers/engineers, etc.). Most restock consumables at least once a month.
The majority of survey participants (43%)
say that their facility purchases single-use,
disposable cleanroom attire. Washable attire
makes up 34% of the responses, while about
10% opt for single-use, recyclable attire.
Equipment, maintenance, and cleaning
We asked our readers about how often
their facility purchases significant types of
cleanroom equipment — critical cleaning
equipment, exhaust units/fume hoods, filters,
gloveboxes/isolators, HVAC equipment, vac-
uum cleaners/systems, and vibration/isolation