LEDs Magazine launches first ever salary survey

Oct. 16, 2019
LED and SSL sector participants are asked to complete the survey and respondents will get a detailed copy of the results.

Back just before the start of October, we at LEDs Magazine pushed a salary survey into the field. Frankly, it was long overdue, although I know we have been perhaps a bit overzealous in the number of audience surveys we conduct on various matters. Still, I think the information we gather will be extremely revealing given the breadth of our readership from engineering to executive management and the scope ranging from professionals working across the LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) sectors.

Why am I telling you this today? Well, if you haven’t responded to survey requests or haven’t received a request, there is still time for you to participate. The survey portal will be open at least until early next week.

Completing the survey should take no more than 10–15 minutes of your time. All respondents will be eligible for a drawing to win one of two $25 prepaid credit cards.

More significantly, respondents will get a detailed copy of the results. We will publish some of the results in a feature article. But participating gets you details.

I have to tell you that this is my first experience fielding a salary survey, although I’ve been an avid reader of a number of such surveys. The annual Parade survey is always interesting, and in the trade press sector Folio does a nice job.

I’m an engineer by training but have spent most of my career as a trade journalist in the technology sector. While working on magazines covering the broad electronics engineering field, I would always eagerly anticipate the EE Times annual salary survey to engineers and engineering management. In fact, their excellent execution of that survey was essentially the reason that I was never involved with a salary survey as a trade journalist despite being editorial director of competitor EDN.

I hope to make our LEDs Magazine salary survey an annual project. And I hope it’s well received. I believe it will afford us insight on the evolution of our industry sectors that goes well beyond learning what our colleagues make. Indeed, that goal led us to a quite detailed set of questions, yet what we think is a reasonable set of questions relative to the time commitment.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation.