Construction Materials Tester Salary
Men make up the majority of Construction Materials Testers in the United States, bringing in about $15.10 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority.
|Salary||$28,753 - $51,064|
|Bonus||$-0.50 - $993|
|Total Pay (|
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$25,781 - $48,741|
|Hourly Rate||$11.84 - $18.97|
|Overtime||$16.71 - $27.37|
|Bonus||$-0.50 - $993|
|Total Pay (||$25,781 - $48,741|
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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Construction Materials Testers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $33K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $36K. Construction Materials Testers bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Construction Materials Testers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $49K.
Key Stats for Construction Materials Tester
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