- SPECIAL REPORTS
I recently decided to turn back the pages in the ASSEMBLY archives and examine how today’s assembly professionals compare to the late 1990s. The average salary in our 1998 State of the Profession survey was $59,548. Today, the typical assembler earns $72,500. That’s an 18 percent increase.
The methodology that we use to gather data was much different 10 years ago. In 1998, questionnaires were sent out and returned via “snail mail.” Today, however, the entire process is handled via e-mail.
Technology was much simpler back in the late 1990s, which may help explain why assemblers were a little bit happier then. Indeed, 96 percent claimed to be satisfied with their jobs vs. 93 percent in 2008.
As I was flipping through the pages of the July 1998 issue of ASSEMBLY, a sobering sign jumped out at me. I noticed quite a few ads from machine builders that are no longer around. Some of them have gone out of business, while others have been gobbled up by competitors.