The salary survey for the additive manufacturing industry provides employers with global salary benchmarks and hiring trends.

In this guide, we’ll explain what to expect from our salary survey along with key takeaways from our last survey results and our predictions in the industry for 2023.

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The 2023 Additive Manufacturing Salary Survey report is now available to download! Explore the latest insights into hiring trends across the AM industry.  

What is the Annual Salary Survey?

The annual salary survey is a piece of research conducted to provide valuable information to both employers and employees about the current state of salaries within the 3D printing industry. The purpose of this is to help employers ensure that they are offering competitive salaries to attract and retain top talent.

Our industry salary survey report provides valuable insights into trends and changes in salaries over time, allowing businesses and candidates to anticipate and respond to shifts in the market. This helps ensure salaries remain competitive and reflect the value of the work being performed.  

Who Is It For?

The additive manufacturing salary survey report is relevant to all industries that are currently employing additive manufacturing professionals within their business. It is a valuable tool for both employers and potential candidates. The range of industries covered includes but is not limited to;

It can also be relevant to businesses that are looking to adopt additive manufacturing processes in the supply chain as this has been a key focus of our survey questions for our 2023 report.

Our industry salary survey report provides valuable insights into trends and changes in salaries over time, allowing businesses and candidates to anticipate and respond to shifts in the market. This helps ensure salaries remain competitive and reflect the value of the work being performed.  

Who Do We Ask?

We ask a wide range of both additive manufacturing hiring managers and talent. Our survey has grown year on year, with our 2023 survey seeing a 142% increase in participants. Our survey is the most comprehensive in our industry and provides data across areas that are often overlooked. This year we surveyed three economic areas, six key disciplines and five different levels of seniority.

Our survey is split between two main audiences, employers and candidates;

  • The employers we ask to complete our survey include HR, Hiring Managers and Senior Management.
  • The employees we survey include, professionals working in additive manufacturing and the 3D printing industry.  

What Do We Ask?

This year our focus is on the Supply Chain, we have asked in-depth questions about the sentiments on nearshoring and reshoring within the additive manufacturing industry. Our other questions surround salary and remuneration, candidate-to-job ratio, and industry growth.

What did we predict would happen in our 2022 salary survey report?

Our 2022 survey results were incredibly optimistic coming out of the pandemic and we were pleased to see increased appetite from investors in the additive manufacturing industry. Some of our predictions for 2022 included:

  • A trend of mergers and acquisitions will continue from 2021 through to 2022.
  • We will see development in Binder Jetting, which will result in 3D printing metal and ceramics becoming more popular.
  • Growth in software and platform solutions.
  • Increased start-up activity in the Europe market.
  • Increased challenges in recruiting talent.

Find the full survey here.

So, did we get it right? Well, 2022 saw changes in the geopolitical climate such as the war in Ukraine, increased energy prices and inflation. which had an impact on the optimism the industry had at the start of the year. Because of this, the trend of mergers and acquisitions slowed down and investors have pulled out of making large investments. There have been more redundancies this year with the threat of recession.

However, our predictions about the software and platform solutions have been correct, and we’ve seen SME’s specifically taking a larger share of the market in this area. Despite not suffering the effects of the recession as badly in mainland Europe in comparison to the UK, we are still seeing more start-up activity in the UK, especially within the aerospace industry.

Where is the industry heading in 2023?

As 2022 comes to a close, on reflection, although recruitment has been challenging – it’s been the best year we’ve had on record. We predict recruitment is going to become tougher in 2023 due to worries about the recession.

In 2023 we’re expecting to see a further impact in how additive manufacturing can be used in the supply chain along with the Internet of Things. We are expecting to see the use of the IoT in the supply chain to help improve visibility, optimize the flow of goods, and reduce waste and inefficiency.

DOWNLOAD OUR 2023 REPORT

Our 2023 Salary Survey Report is now available! Download your free copy and receive the latest insights into the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing industry.

For more information about how we can help, contact our team of expert recruiters today. To be the first to receive the insights from our 2023 Salary Survey, make sure to pre-register to receive the latest insights today. Don’t forget, we also have a wealth of HR resources to help you stay on top of hiring trends.

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