Welding Inspector Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Welding Inspectors earn an average of $23.31 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Welding Inspectors report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,920 - $118,573
(Median)
$37K
$68K
$120K
MEDIAN: $67,884
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$15.01 - $40.38
(Median)
$15
$23
$40
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$36,920 - $118,573  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$34,470 - $107,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $40.38  
   
Overtime
$20.39 - $60.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
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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$34,470 - $107,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Welding Inspector

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


For many Welding Inspectors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $64K. For Welding Inspectors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $64K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $76K.

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Experience Affects Welding Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 17%
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