Control's 2016 Salary Survey: How compensation, benefits have recovered from recent recessions

Apart from wars, rumors of wars, political upheavals, stock market crashes and technological advances that affect the process industries, as they do everything else, salaries and benefits in the process automation field remain remarkably similar over time.

By Nancy Bartels

What’s your take on the past year? Do you hold to Charles Dickens’ “best of times/worst of times” dichotomy? Do you lean towards the alleged Chinese curse of “living in interesting times”? Or maybe you share the view of Grateful Dead fans about “What a long, strange trip it’s been.”

This is the 25th year that Control asked our readers to assess their compensation, benefits, working lives and conditions. And, reviewing their answers over all those years, we found that whichever of the three answers above fits your perspective best, it’s probably not wrong.

In analyzing the results of this year’s survey, we examined not only last year's results, but those from 1991, 2001 and 2011 as well. As much as possible, we did one-for-one comparisons of the numbers, adjusting for inflation only when necessary. However, some survey questions have changed over time, making some direct comparisons impossible. Still, enough similarities remain to make these comparisons worthwhile.

And yet, if our comparisons reveal anything, it’s that, apart from wars, rumors of wars, political upheavals, stock market crashes and technological advances that affect the process industries, as they do everything else, salaries and benefits in the process automation field remain remarkably similar over time. 

In Control's 2016 Salary Survey report, we explore:

  • Salary and benefits packages compared to the prior time frames
  • Current profile of the process automation professional 
  • Career motivation and satisfaction 
  • Companies' structure and efficiency of management
  • And much more ...