Salvage Inspector

Inspect and sort returned food products for possible salvage of contents.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Salvage Inspectors do?

Inspects and sorts returned canned and bottled food products for possible salvage of contents: Opens containers by hand or with opening devices and inspects containers and contents for defects such as leaking or mislabeled containers, or defective wrapping. Sets aside salvaged cans and bottles. Pours usable contents of defective cans or bottles into bulk containers. Discards rejected contents and containers into waste containers. Routes inspected materials to appropriate filling, packaging, and waste disposal points. May repackage salvaged cans and bottles. May wash glass containers.


Should I be a Salvage Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Salvage Inspector

    Most Salvage Inspectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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