Men make up the majority of Certified Welding Inspectors in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $26.41 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,213 - $101,185
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$43K
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$100K
MEDIAN: $61,883
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$18.33 - $40.59
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,213 - $101,185  
   
Bonus
$456.15 - $10,186  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$41,425 - $107,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.33 - $40.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.14  
Overtime
$25.26 - $61.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$456.15 - $10,186  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$41,425 - $107,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 450
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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)


Survey results show that Certified Welding Inspectors typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Pipe Welding command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 57 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include NDT. Most people who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $56K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Welding Inspectors make a median salary of $66K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,101

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With a pay rate for Certified Welding Inspectors that is 53 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Welding Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in Houma (+45 percent), Chicago (+32 percent), Pittsburgh (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Birmingham is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Seattle and 11 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Welding Inspector (Certified) Salaries

Pipe Welding
up arrow 57%

National Average
$62,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Welding
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NDT
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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