Coating inspectors are responsible for improving coatings and surface preparation methods, as well as finding and correcting faults in materials and the manufacturing process. Coating is an efficient and cost effective way to protect steel structures against corrosion. Coating inspectors work alongside manufacturing professionals during the manufacturing process and before manufacturing begins. The job of coating inspector falls under the broader career category of inspector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS. Salaries vary by a number of factors, including experience and employer.
The BLS reported the median hourly rate for inspectors, including coating inspectors, was £10.30 as of May 2010. The lowest paid 10 per cent earned an hourly wage of £6.2 or less, while the lowest paid 25 per cent earned an hourly wage of £7.90 or less. The highest paid 25 per cent earned an hourly wage of £13.40 or more, while the highest paid 10 per cent earned an hourly wage of £17.3 or more.
The BLS reported the median annual wage for this occupation to be £21,469 as of May 2010. The lowest paid ten per cent earned an annual wage of £13,091 or less, while the lowest paid 25 per cent earned an annual wage of £16,484 or less. The highest paid 25 per cent earned an annual wage of £28,021 or more, while the highest paid 10 per cent earned an annual wage of £36,120 or more.
The BLS reported that the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry held 17,650 jobs for inspectors in May 2010. Coating inspectors and other inspectors in this industry earned an hourly mean wage of £14.90 and an annual mean wage of £31,018. The electric power generation, transmission and distribution industry was the top paying industries for this occupation with an hourly mean wage of £17.4 and annual mean wage of £36,296 in 2010.
The salary for a coating inspector and inspectors in general also varies by geographical location of employment. The state of Indiana has the highest concentration of employment for this occupation with an estimated 16,960 jobs, as of May 2010. Inspectors in this state earned an hourly mean wage of £10.60 and annual mean wage of £22,132 that year. The state of Alaska was the top paying state for this occupation in 2010, and had an estimated hourly mean wage of £16.70 and annual mean wage of £34,866.