How Much Do Inspectors and Testers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$44580 per year
Hourly wage
$21 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$26,240 to $31,840 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,240 to $31,840 per year or $13 to $15 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $33 $68,220
Senior (Top 25%) $26 $53,500
Middle (Mid 50%) $19 $40,460
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $31,840
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $26,240

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $34 $71,620
DC $31 $64,740
ND $31 $63,700
WA $30 $62,080
WY $27 $57,140
MD $27 $56,670
CT $26 $54,380
LA $25 $52,130
MT $25 $51,730
MA $24 $50,830

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler and Weigher is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Inspectors and Testers are in the states of AK, DC, ND, WA and WY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Scheduled Air Transportation $86510 $41.59
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $72230 $34.73
Natural Gas Distribution $69550 $33.44
Other Pipeline Transportation $68230 $32.80
Oil and Gas Extraction $67820 $32.61
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil $65670 $31.57
Facilities Support Services $62380 $29.99
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $61250 $29.45
Scientific Research and Development Services $61130 $29.39
Technical and Trade Schools $60810 $29.24
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $58720 $28.23
Support Activities for Water Transportation $58290 $28.02
Support Activities for Mining $57160 $27.48
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $57090 $27.45
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas $56740 $27.28
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $56570 $27.20
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $56120 $26.98
Federal Executive Branch $55650 $26.75
Ship and Boat Building $55390 $26.63
Local Government $54960 $26.42
Water, Sewage and Other Systems $53870 $25.90
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $53820 $25.87
Metal Ore Mining $53760 $25.85
Nondepository Credit Intermediation $53460 $25.70
Nonresidential Building Construction $53280 $25.61
Support Activities for Air Transportation $53210 $25.58
Insurance Carriers $53100 $25.53
Coal Mining $52720 $25.35
Motion Picture and Video Industries $52490 $25.24
State Government $52030 $25.02

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