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Welding Inspector (Certified) Salary

Men make up the majority of Certified Welding Inspectors in the United States, bringing in about $25.21 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Certified Welding Inspectors spread between $40K and $98K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Welding Inspectors. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,187 - $100,310
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$42K
$60K
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MEDIAN: $60,169
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$17.98 - $39.50
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,187 - $100,310  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,077  
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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$40,278 - $97,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.98 - $39.50  
   
Overtime
$25.14 - $55.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,077  
   
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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$40,278 - $97,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 505

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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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Survey takers who work as Certified Welding Inspectors usually report a few specific skills. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Welding is a skill commonly found among those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Welding Inspector (Certified)

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


Certified Welding Inspectors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Welding Inspectors make a median salary of $65K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Certified Welding Inspector with more than 20 years of experience can earn $70K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Welding Inspectors, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Certified Welding Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+37 percent), New York (+23 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 6 percent below the national average.

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
$60,000

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

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$60,000

Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
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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