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The CIC salary survey 1988.

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Complications arose with the attempted expansion of the CIC Salary Survey for 1988, with the result that the computer was able to analyze fewer than one half the survey replies submitted by the membership.

Accordingly, this article presents an analysis of the 998 usable replies which were accepted by the computer. This represents a participation of about 50 percent of the customary response, hence comparison with previous surveys requires much more caution than usual.

As in previous years, survey replies were separated unopened as received, and were opened and processed by CIC staff at a later date to ensure anonymity to respondents.


Table 1 presents an overview of all usable replies. Because of the reduced number of processable replies many of the categories were very small and comparison with 1987 survey results became highly questionable. Consequently, changes for 1988 over 1987 have been omitted for categories which received fewer than 50 responses. (The CIC Salary Survey for 1987 appeared in Canadian Chemical News/ L'actualite chimique canadienne, July-August, 1988, p. 17-20.)

Year of Graduation

Table 2 analyzes annual earnings reported by all participants according to year of graduation (bachelor's degree or equivalent) from 1946 to 1988. Data are reported for average, median and quartiles. Readers could combine Tables 1 and 2 to apply the results to their own circumstances.

Other Categories

Tables 3,4,5 and 6 extend the analysis by examining various categories within the chemical professions. Please note that data in these tables have been smoothed by means of the five-year moving average technique; eg. the data for 1966 are obtained by averaging all pertinent replies for 1964-68 inclusive, and the data for 1967 are the averages for 1965-1969.


Thanks go to those who took a few moments to complete and return the questionnaire. The analysis can be no better than the data provided, and we ask non-participants who read this article out of curiosity or self-interest to consider participating in future surveys.


Inquiries or comments concerning this survey should be addressed to the Executive Director, The Chemical Institute of Canada, 130 Slater Street, Suite 550, Ottawa K1P 6E2.
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Title Annotation:Chemical Institute of Canada
Author:Rivington, D.E.
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Date:Nov 1, 1989
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