Construction Materials Tester Salary
Male Construction Materials Testers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $15.17 per hour in the United States. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — around one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
|Salary||$28,949 - $68,510|
|Bonus||$101.37 - $19,963|
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|$26,100 - $49,841|
|Hourly Rate||$11.89 - $19.03|
|Overtime||$16.80 - $27.51|
|Bonus||$101.37 - $19,963|
|Total Pay (||$26,100 - $49,841|
Job Description for Construction Materials Tester
Aspiring construction materials testers should have experience in the field (i.e. vendor, construction, and manufacturing sites), as well as in the laboratory, with a variety of material testing techniques and tools. These testers are tasked with creating material sampling plans, Rockwell hardness testing, using measurement tools (calipers, micrometers, and optical comparators), and collecting materials on-site for testing in the laboratory, such as for soil compaction or concrete stress tests.Read More...
Construction materials testers hold a mid-level position and typically report to a manager of quality assurance. While most testers work during regular business hours, unusual hours may occasionally be required for certain construction projects. Safety gear such as hardhats and steel-toed boots may be necessary on construction sites.
This position requires prior experience in testing a wide range of metals, such as polymers, fasteners, coatings, and construction test artifacts. Concrete and soil studies are also common, as is the use of tools to take samples of materials delivered by third-party vendors. Prior experience in documenting material non-conformance may be necessary, and candidates should have knowledge of a range of mechanical, physical, chemical, and non-destructive testing/examination (NDT/NDE) methods.
Employers may require certifications from such institutions as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the Construction Materials Certification and Education (CMEC), the Precast/Pre-stressed Concrete Institute (PCI), the American Society for Quality (ASQ), or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Nondestructive Examination (ANDE). A bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction science, or a related field is generally required, though candidates with suitable training, experience, and certifications may find work regardless of a degree.
Construction Materials Tester Tasks
- Oversee, inspect and test areas and materials.
- Document findings.
- Operate various testing equipment.
Pay by Experience Level for Construction Materials Tester
Pay by Experience for a Construction Materials Tester has a positive trend. An entry-level Construction Materials Tester with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 114 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Construction Materials Tester with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 22 salaries. An experienced Construction Materials Tester which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 27 salaries. A Construction Materials Tester with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 6 salaries.
Key Stats for Construction Materials Tester
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