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Global Markets: The 2008 Photonics Salary Survey

Photonics Spectra
Jan 2009
Salaries are up, employees are content, industry survey concludes.

The 2008 Photonics Salary Survey bodes well for the industry. Salaries overall have kept pace with inflation, showing a 4 percent increase over last year’s numbers. Other heartening statistics include a job satisfaction rate of 75 percent and a majority reporting that their companies are in a hiring mode, with a slight increase in hiring for photonics positions.

This year’s survey was conducted by Laurin Publishing’s IT department, which sent out questionnaires in late fall to a sample of its subscribers. The results are based on more than 3000 replies.

The figures shown in the report are presented as averages, percentages or Yes/No responses.

Survey results

Salary, age 45 and below.....................................................$87,624

Salary, age 46 and above...................................................$112,016

Years in work force.........................................................................22

Years of photonics work experience...............................................14

Would you relocate for a better job?....................................Yes   16%
                                                                                             No    29%
                                                                  Depends on location   50%

Gender..............................................................................Male   83%
                                                                                       Female  12%

Number of vacation days.................................................................20

How much of a raise did you receive in 2008?................................4%

How many times were you contacted by a recruiter in 2008?............2

For how many companies have you worked?....................................3

How many years have you been with your current employer?..........10



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