Welding Inspector Salary

Men make up the majority of Welding Inspectors in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $24.15 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of Welding Inspectors claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,250 - $138,977
(Median)
$40K
$70K
$140K
MEDIAN: $69,770
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$14.47 - $40.78
(Median)
$14
$24
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,250 - $138,977  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,161  
Total Pay (?
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$34,167 - $116,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $40.78  
   
Overtime
$20.39 - $60.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,161  
   
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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$34,167 - $116,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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Job Description for Welding Inspector

A welding inspector oversees other welders to make sure that they are carrying out welding techniques properly and are adhering to time constraints and safety standards. The welding inspector also needs to periodically inspect equipment to make sure that it is in working order. When there are methods and procedures that can be improved in the welding guidelines, the welding inspector must update the standards. The welding inspector may be in charge of providing training for a group of welders and getting them certified. Inspection of the welding results also needs to be done to make sure that they are meeting standards. Therefore, public speaking skills may come in handy.

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Welding Inspector Tasks

  • Document all inspections, computations, results, and feedback provided.
  • Educate staff and welders in safety and assembly procedures and requirements.
  • Inspect weldments to determine if they meet specifications and material standards.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Welding Inspectors who took the survey. Fluxed Core Arc Welding and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Welding Inspector

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


Welding Inspectors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. On average, Welding Inspectors make $69K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $81K.

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Experience Affects Welding Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$57,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Welding Inspector Salaries

National Average
$57,000

Welding
up arrow 3%

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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