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Working as a Plant Inspector

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a plant inspector. For example, did you know that they make an average of $22.97 an hour? That's $47,785 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -18% and produce -100,900 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Plant Inspector Do

There are certain skills that many plant inspectors have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed dexterity, math skills and physical stamina.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a plant inspector, we found that a lot of resumes listed 19.4% of plant inspectors included inspection reports, while 10.0% of resumes included api, and 9.4% of resumes included storage tanks. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the plant inspector job title. But what industry to start with? Most plant inspectors actually find jobs in the hospitality and professional industries.

How To Become a Plant Inspector

If you're interested in becoming a plant inspector, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 39.5% of plant inspectors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 7.9% of plant inspectors have master's degrees. Even though some plant inspectors have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a plant inspector. When we researched the most common majors for a plant inspector, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees. Other degrees that we often see on plant inspector resumes include associate degree degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a plant inspector. In fact, many plant inspector jobs require experience in a role such as inspector. Meanwhile, many plant inspectors also have previous career experience in roles such as weld inspector or welder.

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Average Salary$47,785
Job Growth Rate-18%

Plant Inspector Jobs

Average Salary for a Plant Inspector

Plant Inspectors in America make an average salary of $47,785 per year or $23 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $81,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $27,000 per year.
Average Salary
$47,785

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Screening Plant Inspector
Screening Plant Inspector
Silver Creek Materials
Silver Creek Materials
06/19/2020
06/19/2020
$35,47906/19/2020
$35,479
Plant Industry Inspector 1
Plant Industry Inspector 1
State of Minnesota
State of Minnesota
03/21/2020
03/21/2020
$36,99903/21/2020
$36,999
Plant Protection Inspector #00710
Plant Protection Inspector #00710
Virginia State Government
Virginia State Government
02/28/2020
02/28/2020
$35,27802/28/2020
$35,278
Plant Inspector
Plant Inspector
Virginia State Government
Virginia State Government
12/26/2019
12/26/2019
$35,27812/26/2019
$35,278
SR. Process Plant Inspector
SR. Process Plant Inspector
Peak Technical Services, Inc.
Peak Technical Services, Inc.
09/27/2018
09/27/2018
$57,16309/27/2018
$57,163

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Plant Inspector Demographics

Gender

male

75.3%

female

19.2%

unknown

5.5%

Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

10.7%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

German

12.5%

Portuguese

12.5%
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Plant Inspector Education

Majors

Degrees

Bachelors

39.5%

High School Diploma

21.1%

Associate

17.1%

Entry Level Jobs For Becoming A Plant Inspector

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Top Skills For a Plant Inspector

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 19.4% of plant inspectors listed inspection reports on their resume, but soft skills such as dexterity and math skills are important as well.

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Top Plant Inspector Employers

1. U.S. Navy
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$53,690
Plant Inspectors Hired: 
4+
2. Western Refining
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$36,933
Plant Inspectors Hired: 
3+
3. Byers Engineering
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$63,122
Plant Inspectors Hired: 
3+
4. Johnson Controls
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$48,404
Plant Inspectors Hired: 
2+
5. NC Department of Insurance
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$42,223
Plant Inspectors Hired: 
2+
6. HONGKONG SUN RISE TRADING
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$40,890
Plant Inspectors Hired: 
2+

Recently Added Plant Inspector Jobs

Updated October 2, 2020