Welding Inspector (Certified) Salary

Certified Welding Inspectors in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $26.29 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,737 - $101,984
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MEDIAN: $62,524
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$18.17 - $40.69
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,737 - $101,984  
   
Bonus
$475.00 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$983  
Total Pay (?
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$41,340 - $109,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.17 - $40.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.14  
Overtime
$25.33 - $62.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$475.00 - $10,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$41,340 - $109,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 447

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Welding Inspector (Certified)


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Certified Welding Inspectors who took the survey. Fortunate workers who know Pipe Welding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 38 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include NDT. Most people familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know NDT.

Pay by Experience Level for Welding Inspector (Certified)

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


For many Certified Welding Inspectors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $56K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,370

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Certified Welding Inspectors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certified Welding Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houma (+44 percent), Chicago (+32 percent), Tulsa (+20 percent), and Pittsburgh (+18 percent). Birmingham ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Seattle and Milwaukee earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

Welding Inspector (Certified) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Welding Inspector (Certified)

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Welding Inspector (Certified) Salaries

▲12%

▲7%

▲1%

National Average
$62,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Welding Inspector (Certified) Salaries

Pipe Welding
▲38%


National Average
$62,000

▼2%

NDT
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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