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Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers

Other names for this job might include Abrasive Grader, Acid Tester, Air Box Tester, Air Conditioning Unit Tester, Air Sampler, Air Value Tester, Aircraft Instrument Tester, Aircraft Launching and Arresting Systems Inspector, Airplane Inspector, Aligning Inspector

  • $40340
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How Much Do Inspectors and Testers Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as an Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler and Weigher will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).

Average salary

Annual salary
$40340 per year

Hourly wage
$19.400 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Inspectors and Testers make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Inspectors and Testers is $40340. Their salary can also be as low as $21880 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $63590 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $19.400 and can range from $10.520 to $30.570 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of An Inspector and Tester will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Inspectors and Testers make with other careers, they have a salary rank of C.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$30.570$63590
Senior (Top 25%)$23.680$49250
Middle (Mid 50%)$17.680$36780
Junior (Bottom 25%)$13.350$27760
No experience (Bottom 10%)$10.520$21880

Entry-level Inspectors and Testers who starts out at $27760 can expect to make $36780 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $10.520 per hour while the top 10% makes over $30.570 per hour.

While the median wage is $36780 per annum or $17.680 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution32.3967370
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities31.264910
Finance and Insurance28.8259940
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil28.7859870
Natural Gas Distribution28.3358930
Pipeline Transportation28.2658790
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas28.2458740
Other Pipeline Transportation27.5457280
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers26.8755880
Hospitals, Privately owned26.7455620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned26.7455620
Oil and Gas Extraction26.5555230
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing26.2854660
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)26.2654620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)26.2654620
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities26.1554400
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing25.7553560
Offices of Other Health Practitioners25.5553150
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing25.1552300
Utility System Construction25.0252030
Insurance Carriers24.9951990
Exterminating and Pest Control Services24.8151610
Support Activities for Air Transportation24.7851540
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction24.1350180
Rail Transportation23.9749850
Federal Executive Branch23.9549810
Federal government, including the US Postal Service23.9549810
Scheduled Air Transportation23.9449790
Support Activities for Road Transportation23.4948870
Air Transportation23.2748400
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction22.9547740
Scientific Research and Development Services22.7947400
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences22.7947400
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance22.7847380
Computer Systems Design and Related Services22.7247260
Other Building Equipment Contractors22.5946990
Ship and Boat Building22.4646710
Support Activities for Transportation22.3146400
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction22.1846120
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing22.1646090
Basic Chemical Manufacturing22.1346030
Federal, State, and Local Government22.0345820
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service22.0345820
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned21.9545650
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service21.9545650
Other Specialty Trade Contractors21.9345610
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries21.7545240
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services21.6345000
Nonscheduled Air Transportation21.544710
Support Activities for Mining21.4644640
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing21.3344360
Building Equipment Contractors21.3144330
Metal Ore Mining21.3144320
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors21.344310
Software Publishers21.344300
Specialty Trade Contractors21.2444170
Educational Services, State government owned21.2244130
Building Finishing Contractors21.244100
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)21.1443980
Support Activities for Water Transportation21.0443750
Management of Companies and Enterprises21.0343740
Coal Mining20.9843640
Engineering Services20.9443560
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing20.9343540
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills20.9243520
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations20.9143500
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation20.8843430
State government, including schools and hospitals20.8743410
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals20.8443350
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors20.8443340
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction20.7743200
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing20.6743000
Motion Picture and Video Industries20.6642970
Security Systems Services20.6342910
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries20.6242900
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals20.5842820
Local government, including schools and hospitals20.5242680
Nonresidential Building Construction20.4842590
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers20.4242470
Pharmacies and Drug Stores20.4242470
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)20.3642350
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned20.3642350
Automobile Dealers20.3542330
Ambulatory Health Care Services20.3442300
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing20.3242270
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing20.2942200
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)20.1941990
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services20.1641940
Construction of Buildings20.1341860
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing20.1341860
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers20.1141830
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing20.0941790
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing20.0641730
Tobacco Manufacturing20.0141630
Publishing Industries (except Internet)20.0241630
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing20.0141620
Wired Telecommunications Carriers2041600
Chemical Manufacturing19.9841560
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers19.9841560
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing19.9641530
Machine Shops19.9441470
Investigation and Security Services19.9441470
Water, Sewage and Other Systems19.9141420
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services19.9141410
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing19.8941380
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing19.8641300
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations19.8541290
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)19.841190
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing19.7441060
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing19.7341030
Office Administrative Services19.7341030
Machinery Manufacturing19.7141000
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing19.6940960
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing19.6740920
Communications Equipment Manufacturing19.6540860
Home Furnishings Stores19.6440850
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing19.6440840
Gambling Industries19.6240820
Testing Laboratories19.5240600
Educational Services, Privately owned19.540570
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries19.4840520
Mining (except Oil and Gas)19.4540460
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores19.4540460
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing19.3840310
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing19.3140170
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing19.2440020
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing19.2139950
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers19.1639860
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing19.1539830
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers19.1539820
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services19.1239780
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services19.1239780
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers19.0839680
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores19.0539620
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing19.0439610
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors1939520
Transportation and Warehousing1939510
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers18.9939490
Rental and Leasing Services18.9539430
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing18.9339370
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel18.9239360
Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair18.9239340
Waste Treatment and Disposal18.8739250
Beverage Manufacturing18.8539200
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores18.8539200
Furniture Stores18.8439190
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying18.7438980
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing18.7238940
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing18.738910
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing18.6938880
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing18.6938860
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing18.6638810
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services18.6338750
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing18.6238730
Primary Metal Manufacturing18.6238720
Repair and Maintenance18.5838660
Forging and Stamping18.5238510
Household Appliance Manufacturing18.4938460
All industries18.4638400
Hardware Manufacturing18.4538370
All industries, private ownership only18.4238320
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing18.4238320
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing18.4238310
Grain and Oilseed Milling18.3938260
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services18.3638180
Miscellaneous Manufacturing18.3538170
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing18.3438160
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance18.3438140
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories18.3338130
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers18.3338120
Rubber Product Manufacturing18.3138090
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers18.3138080
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers18.2838010
Freight Transportation Arrangement18.2337910
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing18.1837820
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers18.1337720
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing18.0637550
Support Activities for Rail Transportation18.0437530
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing18.0337510
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing18.0237490
Specialized Design Services17.9437310
Educational Services, Local government owned17.9337290
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing17.9337280
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing17.937240
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing17.8837190
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods17.8837180
Building Material and Supplies Dealers17.8737170
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing17.7937000
Dairy Product Manufacturing17.7836990
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers17.7736960
Wholesale Trade17.7336870
Health and Personal Care Stores17.6936790
Specialized Freight Trucking17.6636730
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing17.6536700
Paper Manufacturing17.6436680
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing17.5636530
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing17.5536500
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance17.536400
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods17.4836360
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing17.4336260
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing17.436180
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing17.3436060
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers17.3236020
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers17.335980
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers17.2235810
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers17.2135790
Residential Building Construction17.235780
Animal Food Manufacturing17.1835730
Facilities Support Services17.0835530
Social Advocacy Organizations17.0135390
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities17.0135380
Direct Selling Establishments1735360
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing16.9935340
Automotive Repair and Maintenance16.9335220
Food and Beverage Stores16.9135170
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing16.8435040
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing16.7734880
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services16.7534830
Other Food Manufacturing16.7234780
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services16.7134760
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers16.6734660
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services16.6634650
Sawmills and Wood Preservation16.6534630
Newspaper Publishers16.6434610
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers16.6234560
Services to Buildings and Dwellings16.6234560
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media16.5834480
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing16.5634450
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers16.5634450
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing16.5334390
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing16.5334380
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing16.5234360
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance16.534310
Other Personal Services16.4634240
Nonstore Retailers16.434100
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing16.3834070
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses16.3233940
Electronics and Appliance Stores16.2733830
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers16.1333560
Retail Trade16.0933480
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)16.0433370
Wood Product Manufacturing16.0433360
Plastics Product Manufacturing16.0133300
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores15.9633200
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers15.8933060
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing15.8532960
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging15.8332920
Warehousing and Storage15.7932840
Truck Transportation15.7832820
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing15.6532560
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers15.6632560
General Freight Trucking15.6232480
Food Manufacturing15.632440
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing15.5632360
Specialty Food Stores15.4632150
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)15.4532130
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers15.432020
Printing and Related Support Activities15.3932000
Waste Management and Remediation Services15.231610
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing15.1931600
Other Wood Product Manufacturing15.1931590
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers15.0931400
Photographic Services15.0831370
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing15.0231230
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services15.0131230
Employment Services15.0131230
Administrative and Support Services1531210
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)14.9631120
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing14.9331050
Other Support Services14.8530900
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing14.7730720
Junior colleges, Local government owned14.5830320
Fabric Mills14.5730300
Textile Furnishings Mills14.5530260
Consumer Goods Rental14.5330220
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing14.530160
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing14.4530050
Textile Product Mills14.4229990
Other Support Activities for Transportation14.3129770
Other Textile Product Mills14.2329590
Textile Mills14.0629250
Animal Slaughtering and Processing13.9328970
Footwear Manufacturing13.928900
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills13.8128730
Legal Services13.5628210
Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance13.4928070
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing13.4828040
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting13.3827820
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills13.3327730
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry13.327670
Support Activities for Crop Production13.1727390
Apparel Manufacturing13.1527350
Personal and Laundry Services13.1427340
Drycleaning and Laundry Services13.1227290
Used Merchandise Stores13.0427130
Miscellaneous Store Retailers13.0427120
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers12.9626950
Accommodation and Food Services12.926830
Social Assistance12.7826580
Vocational Rehabilitation Services12.7326480
Traveler Accommodation12.7326480
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing12.7226460
Business Support Services12.6426290
Casino Hotels12.2825550
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores12.2625490
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores12.2625490
Sporting Goods Stores12.225370
Apparel Knitting Mills12.1925350
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services11.8924730
Waste Collection11.6824300

Not all industries pay the same for Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as An Inspector and Tester is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at AK may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Inspectors and Testers are in the states of AK, ND, WA, DC and WY. The average salary in AK is $64660.

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