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.
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.
- Kilgore College: Corrosion Technology
- Kilgore College: Corrosion Technology Curricula
- Indeed: Corrosion Technician Salary
- Indeed: Corrosion Technician Salary in Maine, and New York
- Indeed: Corrosion Technician Salary in Hawaii, and California
- Indeed: Corrosion Technician Salary in Louisiana, and Washington, DC
- Indeed: Corrosion Technician Salary in Nebraska, and Illinois
- Houston Community College: Corrosion Technology
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers: Job Outlook
- Photo Credit camij/iStock/Getty Images
How Much Do Veterinary Technicians and Technologists Make?
If you yearn for a career helping sick and injured animals, consider becoming a veterinary technician or technologist. You'll perform lab tests,...
Underwater Inspection Diver Salary
Underwater inspectors are commercial divers who are trained to perform a host of tasks under water. Their jobs may include maintenance, repair...