The average Nondestructive Tester in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $21.80 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Nondestructive Testers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$35,508 - $86,162
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$86K
MEDIAN: $52,452
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$14.84 - $31.80
(Median)
$15
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,508 - $86,162  
   
Bonus
$1.21 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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).
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$32,878 - $81,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.84 - $31.80  
   
Overtime
$22.21 - $45.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1.21 - $10,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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).
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$32,878 - $81,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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Job Description for Nondestructive Tester

  • Perform radiographic, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, and other inspections on equipment and structures.
  • Document tests, findings, and recommendations.
  • Review physical equipment and blueprints, inspecting for performance, meeting specifications, and safety.
  • Calibrate, adjust, and maintain test equipment.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nondestructive Tester

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Nondestructive Testers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $52K on average. Nondestructive Testers bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $68K.

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Experience Affects Nondestructive Tester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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