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Welding Inspector (Certified) Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Certified Welding Inspectors in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $25.22 per hour nationwide. Total cash compensation to Certified Welding Inspectors approaches anywhere from $40K on the lower end to $99K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,346 - $100,505
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$42K
$60K
$100K
MEDIAN: $60,485
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$17.99 - $39.55
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,346 - $100,505  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,088  
Profit Sharing
$357.45 - $6,460  
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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$40,306 - $98,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.99 - $39.55  
   
Overtime
$25.36 - $56.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,088  
   
Profit Sharing
$357.45 - $6,460  
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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$40,306 - $98,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 509

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Job Description for Welding Inspector (Certified)

Certified Welding Inspectors are responsible for the visual inspection and quality testing of structural steel welds and bolted connections. They usually work with construction or manufacturing companies that produce large structures. Workers in this field partner with other technicians and professionals to complete routine field tasks and ensure welds are securely fastened. They review welds in new and existing buildings, storage tanks, piping, and bridges to determine the structural integrity of each project.

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Welding Inspector (Certified) 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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Professional skills reported by Certified Welding Inspectors are few in number. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Welding. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Welding are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Welding Inspector (Certified)

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


For Certified Welding Inspectors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $54K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. Certified Welding Inspectors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. 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 $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Welding Inspectors, Houma provides a pay rate that is 51 percent greater than the national average. Certified Welding Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+37 percent), Pittsburgh (+36 percent), New York (+23 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Portland is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Welding Inspector (Certified) Reviews

What is it like working as a Welding Inspector (Certified)?

Welding Inspector (Certified) in Los Angeles:
"Supervision."
Pros: I like to supervise the team and I like to do overtime.
Cons: I do not like in my job that any employer is on holiday and there is so much work to be done.

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Experience Affects Welding Inspector (Certified) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Welding Inspector (Certified) Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$61,000

Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 24%
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