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Experience, Location Drive RFID Salaries

Employees with more than four years' experience, or who live in the United States, make significantly more than other workers with RFID skills, according to an exclusive RFID Journal salary survey.
By Mark Roberti
Jun 20, 2005—Europe is ahead of the United States in the use of radio frequency identification technologies in supply chains, while Asia has the lead when it comes to RFID-enabled payment systems. But workers with RFID skills in the U.S. clearly have the advantage when it comes to salaries.

The average base salary in U.S. dollars for those working in RFID-related industries at the beginning of this year was $82,120 in the United States, compared with just $42,820 outside of the country. The average for all workers with RFID skills was $67,950.

RFID-related employment in the United States and abroad.

That's one of the most significant findings of an online survey conducted by RFID Journal during the first quarter of the year. Responses were received from people in 58 countries who have a wide variety of backgrounds. Of the 822 people who completed the survey, 32 percent were RFID or auto-ID specialists, 26 percent were in operations management, 22 percent were in corporate management and 20 percent were in IT management. (For more about the respondents themselves, see the section entitled "Who Responded to the Salary Survey.")

The difference in salaries between the United States and the rest of the world does not appear to be driven by the supply of people with RFID skills. Respondents in the U.S. were only slightly more likely (61 percent vs. 56 percent) than those outside the country to say there is a shortage of trained personnel today. Nearly 60 percent of all respondents said there’s already a shortage of trained people for the RFID positions available. Another 30 percent said that while there is no shortage today, in three years there will be. Only 11 percent said there is no shortage now, nor will there be in three years.
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