Salvage Worker

Sort and inspect rejected metal for purpose of salvage.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Salvage Workers do?

Sorts and inspects metal rejected by inspection and mill departments for purpose of salvage: Receives and records numbers of rejected metals. Examines metal for defects, such as surface blemishes, flatness, straightness, or dimensional irregularities according to specifications, using rule, micrometer, and vernier gauges. Identifies and marks portion of metal to be salvaged. Routes salvageable metal to next operation and rejected metal to scrap department. May inspect other specified steel products, such as bars and sheets, for conformance to dimensional specifications and quality standards.


Should I be a Salvage Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Storage Brine Worker

    How to become a Salvage Worker

    Most Salvage Workers 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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