Corrosion Engineer Salary
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.
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.Read More...
The engineer then works with this collected data to find ways to eliminate or mitigate the effects of corrosion or rust. He or she may recommend new alloys or material to be used in the forging of key parts. He or she may recommend protective surface coatings, where applicable and useful. In some situations, the engineer may find that corrosion is an unavoidable aspect of the work done. He or she can then make recommendations regarding inspection and replacement of affected equipment or parts, to ensure maximum safety and efficiency of work.
A corrosion engineer is an incredibly important employee for industries and businesses that require their services. Material failures due to rust and corrosion can be expensive, in terms of safety and costs beyond the mere replacement of equipment. As such, engineers in this discipline typically specialize in the field, while earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Companies will also prefer prior experience in metallurgy or structural engineering work. Most corrosion engineers work regular business hours, but they will typically split time between an office and field work and travel.
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.