Commercial, residential and industrial buildings frequently require structural additions or repairs that involve welding. To ensure the welding meets industry and government standards for quality and safety, a welding inspector is paid to examine the work.
Welding inspector wages depend on experience and prevailing economic conditions of the region in which the job exists. According to Payscale.com, a United States welding inspector earns between $43,642 and $72,879, as of 2010.
Based on information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), welding inspector jobs should increase by around 17 percent between 2008 and 2018, a faster rate than most other jobs. Increased construction and elevated concerns for safety are the bases for this prediction.
Welding inspectors with professional or government certifications may earn more than those without them. Opportunities for promotion from welder to welding inspector typically increase as inspectors retire or choose other occupations.
2016 Salary Information for Construction and Building Inspectors
Construction and building inspectors earned a median annual salary of $58,480 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, construction and building inspectors earned a 25th percentile salary of $45,010, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $75,250, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 105,100 people were employed in the U.S. as construction and building inspectors.