The average Corrosion Engineer in the United States earns approximately $83K per year. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Corrosion Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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MEDIAN: $82,951
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,129 - $110,319  
   
Bonus
$1,454 - $24,730  
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$53,868 - $134,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$32.00  
   
Overtime
$47.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,454 - $24,730  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$53,868 - $134,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Job Description for Corrosion Engineer

Corrosion engineers are most frequently found working in the energy industry, often with hydroelectric plants that rely on underwater turbines. They are also employed by oil companies who do offshore platform drilling in corrosive saltwater conditions. They can even be found working in mining and waste management professions. Whatever the industry, a corrosion engineer typically works to collect data via reports, inspections, and measurements to determine the speed and spread of corrosion and rust onset on metal parts and structures.

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Corrosion Engineer Tasks

  • Identify corrosion mechanisms and calculate corrosion rates in operating machinery, piping, equipment, etc.
  • Provide guidance to resolve design, operation and maintenance issues.
  • Consult others on welding and repair
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety, efficiency, integrity and compliance with applicable laws.
  • Help contractors, consultants and vendors design and implement programs with specific corrosion control objectives.

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Pay by Experience Level for Corrosion Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Corrosion Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $75K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $83K. Corrosion Engineers see a median salary of $93K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $112K.

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Experience Affects Corrosion Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$82,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Corrosion Engineer Salaries

Material Science
up arrow 31%

National Average
$82,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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