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Welding Inspector (Certified) Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Certified Welding Inspectors earn an average of $24.71 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Certified Welding Inspectors can bottom out near $40K or peak near $99K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Certified Welding Inspectors like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$43,078 - $98,490
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MEDIAN: $60,281
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$17.64 - $39.67
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$43,078 - $98,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,463  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $5,800  
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$39,552 - $99,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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Hourly Rate
$17.64 - $39.67  
   
Overtime
$24.43 - $55.11  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,463  
   
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $5,800  
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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$39,552 - $99,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 472
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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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Certified Welding Inspectors only report a few specific skills. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Welding. Those with knowledge of Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be skilled in Welding as well.

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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $53K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $61K. Certified Welding Inspectors bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Welding Inspectors, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certified Welding Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+26 percent), Pittsburgh (+25 percent), Milwaukee (+19 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Denver Certified Welding Inspectors earning much less — 24 percent less — than 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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Mid-Career
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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 24%