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Calibration and Metrologist Salary Survey

2019 Results

Survey methodology

Fluke Calibration sponsored and created this calibration and metrologist salary survey. Invitations were circulated via email and on social media. The survey included questions about respondents’ geographic location; type of organization, industry, lab, and lab certification; gender; job title; education and years of experience; professional certification; salary; and workload. Calibration and metrologist salary estimates listed below are based on median values by volume of pay ranges selected.

How 2019 differs from last year

By comparing this year’s calibration and metrologist salary results with prior-year data, we see about a 4% uplift in average reported salaries (up from relatively flat growth numbers the previous year). Number of calibrations per year shows significant growth, with a majority of respondents reporting “heavy” or “excessive” workloads for the first time since we began collecting this data. Those hoping to see uplift in percent women in the calibration industry will not see that reflected in this year’s sample, which showed a slight decrease in those numbers.

New to the salary survey this year, we adjusted the “lab types” and “organization types” to be more descriptive, and consolidated industries into larger cohorts. We also slightly adjusted job roles to better account for quality engineers and lab managers. We added questions regarding lab and professional certification, and removed the question about “hourly vs salaried” to offset that change.

Lab types

Calibration and Metrologist Salary by Lab Type

Median pay ranges for all lab types have been relatively similar in the past, with government labs emerging last year with both higher reported pay and indications of year-over-year salary growth. We see this again this year, with average reported pay in government labs now +13% higher than those reported last year.

Organization types

Calibration and Metrologist Salary by Organization Type

Educational background

Reported pay for every population in this category appears to have grown year-over-year.

High school diploma$68,51823 %
Associates or technical degree$74,39843 %
College degree$86,76427 %
Master’s degree$94,4567 %
Doctorate degree$104,0001 %
Percent of Calibration and Metrology Professionals by Educational Background

Geographic region

Pay averages across regions were generally reported between the $65,001 and $95,000 range. The Pacific-region cohort showed highest average salaries for the second year in a row.

Average salary range$80,001 - $95,000
New England$81,987
West North Central$80,764
Average salary range$65,001 - $80,000
Mountain West$75,773
West South Central$74,940
East North Central$72,360
East South Central$76,250
Mid Atlantic$78,569
South Atlantic$76,518
Metrologist and Calibration Salary by U.S. Geographic Region

Years in metrology

Predictably, longer-career service in calibration/metrology is generally associated with higher salary. Salary reported for the early-career cohort in our sample indicates higher starting salaries as compared to last year’s data.

Metrologist and Calibration Salary by Years in Metrology

Calibration volume

Three years’ data continues to show no apparent correlation between calibration volume and median reported pay. The only trend we see in this year-over-year data is a weak indication that labs that perform more than 10,000 calibrations per year seem to be the highest-paid cohort every year.

Calibration and Metrologist Salary by Number of Calibrations Per Year


Calibration and Metrologist Salary by Gender
Calibration and Metrologist Salary by Gender and Years in Metrology

As with previous years, our sample indicates an industry that is mostly male and shows possible pay disparity between the genders. That gap appears to be greatest for early-career women and decreases over time. Regions with the least gender/pay differences indicated include New England, West North Central and Pacific; those with the greatest deltas were South Atlantic, West South Central

and East South Central. Gap analysis by job title was limited by sample sizes, but the biggest gender/pay disparity among job titles appeared to be for Quality/Calibration Engineers. Lab Managers, Metrologists and “Other Engineer” did not show such inconsistencies between the salaries of men and women.

Job role

Job RoleAverage salary range reportedEstimated average salary (USD/yr)
Technician$65,001 - $80,000$68,207
Metrologist$65,001 - $80,000$78,024
Quality/Calibration Engineer$65,001 - $80,000$79,232
Sales/Marketing$80,001 - $95,000$86,182
Lab Manager$80,001 - $95,000$89,322
Other Engineer$80,001 - $95,000$90,578
Executive Management$95,001 - $110,000$97,288
Other not listed$80,001 - $95,000$83,879

Highest paid industries

Average range reported Other$80,001 - $95,000
Government Non-DOD/DOE$91,275
Government DOD/DOE$89,042
Electrical equipment manufacturing$84,318

Lowest paid industries

Average salary range reported$65,001 - $80,000
Other manufacturing$69,000
Measure and control instruments$70,748
Communications equipment$70,625
Calibration and Metrologist Salary by Industry


Most labs in our sample were not accredited according to ISO 17025. The industries most likely to be accredited to ISO 17025 were Aerospace (36%), Government Non-DOD/DOE (35%), Medical Devices (32%) and Oil & Gas (32%).

ISO 17025 Accreditation 

Percent of Metrology and Calibration Professionals Having ISO 17025 Accreditation

About 47% of the professionals in our sample have completed the Calibration Technician Certification program from the American Society of Quality or a similar licensing program in their region.

Calibration Technician Certification (or similar)

Percent of Calibration Technicians with Certification


Last year 34% of survey respondents indicated their workloads were heavy or excessive. This year our sample indicates those cohorts have grown to 57%.

Percent of Calibration and Metrology Professionals by Workload