Welding Inspector (Certified) Salary

Men account for the majority of Certified Welding Inspectors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $25.59 per hour. Total cash earnings of Certified Welding Inspectors range from $41K on the low end to $103K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $7K, respectively. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,922 - $101,450
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$42K
$61K
$100K
MEDIAN: $60,965
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$18.10 - $40.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,922 - $101,450  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,134  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $6,906  
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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$40,713 - $102,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.10 - $40.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.22  
Overtime
$25.81 - $59.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,134  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $6,906  
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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$40,713 - $102,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 599
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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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Popular Skills for Welding Inspector (Certified)


Certified Welding Inspectors typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Pipe Welding command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 62 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Welding. Those educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed in NDT.

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 $55K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Welding Inspectors make a median salary of $67K. As Certified Welding Inspectors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,595

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For Certified Welding Inspectors, working in the bustling city of Houma has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certified Welding Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+28 percent), New York (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). Certified Welding Inspectors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Certified Welding Inspectors in San Diego bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Birmingham and Milwaukee (16 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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


Experienced
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National Average
$62,000

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

Pipe Welding
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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NDT
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National Average
$62,000

Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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