Welding Inspector (Certified) Salary

Certified Welding Inspectors in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $25.08 per hour. Cash earnings for Certified Welding Inspectors — including $5K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $40K to $98K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Certified Welding Inspectors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,769 - $100,573
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$41K
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MEDIAN: $60,127
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$18.06 - $39.46
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,769 - $100,573  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,071  
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $6,556  
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 - $98,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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Hourly Rate
$18.06 - $39.46  
   
Overtime
$25.49 - $57.29  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $6,556  
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 - $98,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 516
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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 narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with NDT, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Welding can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Welding Inspectors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $54K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $65K. As Certified Welding Inspectors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Certified Welding Inspectors in Houma enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. Certified Welding Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+37 percent), Pittsburgh (+37 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Birmingham, 14 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

NDT
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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 110 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: 74% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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