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FOR ON THE FLOOR An outlet for the views of today's maintenance & reliability professionals Strong Salaries and Benefits Cannot Stem Skills Shortage I n the three years since we last asked our Maintenance Technology Reader Panelists about their salaries and benefits, the economy and the manufacturing sector have both improved. For the most part, our Panelists have been carried upward by this rising tide: They've received raises and bonuses along the way, some more regularly than others, and are enjoying good benefits. Virtually all those reporting say they feel fairly compensated for what they do. Panelists have not been nearly as fortunate regarding the dogged problem of finding and hiring skilled workers. Despite the sector's above-average wages and benefits, most of the group continues to express frustration in this area. Here's what they have to say about this ongoing problem, and the salaries, benefits and other compensation their employers currently provide. Q  How has your pay level changed since you started with your current employer? "Opportunities for raises come annually per company policy, and for most at my company, they have been quite generous. We also get an automatic cost of living increase each year." ... Maintenance Engineer, West "My pay has been raised regularly through the years. I have also taken on different roles within the company with more responsibility." ... Production Support Manager, Midwest "My pay has increased consistently." ... Maintenance Mechanic, South "My pay increases have been inconsistent. In the six years I have been with my current employer, there have been a couple of annual cost-of-living raises and a couple merit raises, but none for some years. We have, however, received a number of monthly profit-sharing bonuses over the past two years." ... Planned Maintenance Supervisor, Midwest APRIL 2015 "It hasn't increased as much as the cost of living, but has risen about 2% per year over the last seven years." Rick Carter, Executive Editor ... Process Engineer, South "I just started with this employer, so there have been no increases. But with my previous employer, there had been only one pay increase in four years." ... Senior Maintenance Supervisor, Midwest "We receive regular increases based upon job-point classification, performance and cost of living." ... Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor, Midwest 'Opportunities for raises come annually per company policy, and for most are quite generous. We also get an automatic cost of living increase each year.' Q  What opportunities, if any, do you have with your current employer to make money above your original pay? "We have some overtime opportunities and an endof-year performance-based bonus. I am at the top pay scale for my job, but my bosses make allowances for that and the dedication I show when it comes to the amount I get for the bonus." ... Maintenance Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic "The company offers a bonus, but the criteria to meet the goals are almost non-existent. The last two years we did receive a performance bonus, and we have been able to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week for a long time." ... Maintenance Leader, Midwest MAINTENANCETECHNOLOGY.COM | 13 http://www.MAINTENANCETECHNOLOGY.COM

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