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 $25.17 per hour nationwide. Total cash compensation to Certified Welding Inspectors bottoms out near $40K and approaches $99K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. For the most part, Certified Welding Inspectors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,860 - $100,369
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$100K
MEDIAN: $59,972
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$18.04 - $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
$40,860 - $100,369  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,071  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $6,510  
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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$40,383 - $98,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.04 - $39.55  
   
Overtime
$25.53 - $57.53  
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 - $5,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $6,510  
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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$40,383 - $98,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 521
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Welding, and NDT can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include NDT and Welding. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Welding are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Welding Inspector (Certified)

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


Certified Welding Inspectors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $61K. Certified Welding Inspectors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $65K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Certified Welding Inspectors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Welding Inspectors, busy Houma offers a higher-than-average 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 (+17 percent). In Birmingham, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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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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