Latest NDT Salary Survey Results Are Now Available

The results of PQNDT’s 2011 NDT Salary Survey are now available at

Once again this year we surveyed a broad spectrum of NDT and quality inspection professionals from all areas of the United States in order to prepare a “snapshot” of the industry. The results show an industry that is cautiously climbing out of a prolonged period of uncertainty, yet shows signs of returning strength.

Despite the struggling national economy, compensation levels for NDT and quality professionals continued to climb over the past year, although at a slower pace than in previous time periods. There was also an uptick in the number of full-time benefits available, which could be a sign of more competition for experienced workers.

Although reported unemployment is down to 5%, there is still a sense of caution and a “wait and see” attitude among many NDT professionals. Some 61% of full-time workers and 69% of contract workers feel the economy is still in a recession or getting worse.

However, self-confidence is evident among those responding to our survey. While only 44% of full-time workers feel that job prospects are better than last year, 81% feel their own job is secure. Similarly, only 36% of contractors are optimistic about job prospects, but 62% are “very confident” about finding contracts for themselves.

What will 2012 bring? Indications during the first few months of the year are positive. The number of full-time job openings is up across all levels of certification, and in all areas of the country. This contrasts with a year ago, when employers were more interested in hiring contractors on a temporary basis. Full-time openings are an indicator of more confidence in a consistent volume of work ahead.

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Michael P. Serabian

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