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CPI Workforce: Filling The Gaps

By Scott Jenkins |

An increasingly tight labor market for engineers in the chemical process industries (CPI) is pushing salaries for engineers higher, while a strengthening wave of retirements is driving efforts in several communities to address the gaps in experience and education. Data from several sources, including a survey by Chemical Engineering, indicate that average salaries for engineers in the CPI continued to climb in 2014 (see sidebar, "CPI-related salary data, below). In the CE survey, the average salary for all respondents was $109,300, up from $104,000 last year, and for U.S. respondents, the average was $126,700, up from $123,000 last year. Information about the survey takers can be found in Figures 1–4. Figure 1.  Among respondents to the CE salary survey, process and product design was the most common job function   Figure 2.  The majority of respondents are employed by chemical manufacturers Figure 3.  Almost 60% of survey takers in the CE salary survey hail from the U.S.   Figure 4.  A wide range of industry sectors are represented in the survey takers   “Skilled people with a breadth of knowledge and a global perspective are very difficult to find,” comments Joe…
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