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 $25.14 per hour nationwide. In the world of Certified Welding Inspectors, total cash compensation can vary between $40K and $99K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $7K, respectively. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Certified Welding Inspectors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While slightly more than a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$41,189 - $101,057

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$18.05 - $39.56

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,189 - $101,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,071  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $6,866  
Total Pay (?
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$40,441 - $98,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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Hourly Rate
$18.05 - $39.56  
   
Overtime
$25.51 - $57.17  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $6,866  
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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$40,441 - $98,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 523
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Job Description for Welding Inspector (Certified)

Certified welding inspectors work in various industries related to construction. Furthermore, certified welding inspectors’ daily duties are filled with numerous responsibilities that are essential in maintaining the safety standards of in the construction industry. Certified welding inspectors ensure that all related construction activities follow specific guidelines, in accordance with city, state, and federal safety regulations. They also inspect plans, verify inspection and welding calibrations, and make sure that all welding materials are in proper condition for future projects. Additionally, welding inspectors inspect all welding equipment, such as regulators, cables, and welding machines.

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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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Certified Welding Inspectors report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Welding, and NDT can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like NDT and Welding. Aptitude in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tends to also indicate an understanding of Welding.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. Certified Welding Inspectors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houma is home to an above-average pay rate for Certified Welding Inspectors, 52 percent higher than the national average. Certified Welding Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+37 percent), Pittsburgh (+37 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). In Birmingham, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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
$60,000

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

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$60,000

Welding
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NDT
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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
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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