Corrosion Technician Average Salary

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Corrosion control is mandated by the U.S. government to help prevent safety and environmental problems and reduce costs associated with corrosion, according to Kilgore College. Corrosion technicians use their knowledge of metallurgy, chemistry, physics and electricity to repair oil pipelines, metal bridges, water tanks, ships and manufacturing equipment. Job candidates need at least a two-year associate degree in applied science. Their employers may also require practical and safety certifications through the NACE International Institute and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, respectively. Their salaries are usually contingent on experience, location and type of employer.

Average Salaries

  • Corrosion technicians across the U.S. earned an average of $51,000 a year in 2014, according to the Indeed job site. Employers paid corrosion technicians less on average in the West region, Indeed reported, where they averaged a national low of $32,000 a year in Hawaii and a regional high of $55,000 in California. Those in Washington, D.C., averaged the highest national salaries at $65,000. Among other states, they averaged $63,000 a year in New York, $59,000 in Illinois and $46,000 in Louisiana.

Slow Job Growth

  • Whether bridges, buildings or natural gas pipelines need fixing, much of the repair work is done by welders, solderers and corrosion technicians. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers to increase 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is slower than the average for all occupations.

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