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Mig Welder Salary

Men make up the majority of Mig Welders in the United States, bringing in about $15.02 per hour. Total cash compensation to Mig Welders bottoms out near $24K and approaches $50K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $4K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Mig Welders report high levels of job satisfaction. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than one-half get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$26,891 - $62,000
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62K
MEDIAN: $35,372
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$10.85 - $19.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,891 - $62,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,010  
Profit Sharing
$58.73 - $3,878  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,981 - $50,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $19.94  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $28.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$58.73 - $3,878  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,981 - $50,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 380
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Job Description for Mig Welder

MIG welders are physical laborers that use a particular type of weld, known as a metal inert gas (MIG) weld, to permanently attach two substances together. Mig welders work in a wide variety of industries, including the oil and gas industry, aerospace engineering, manufacturing, and automotive engineering.

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Mig Welder Tasks

  • Join together metal pieces with welding machines that use the MIG process.
  • Safely set up and operate welding machines and other shop equipment.
  • Follow blueprints to arrange metal pieces and temporarily fix them into position before welding.
  • Measure and cut metal pieces to blueprint specifications.

Common Career Paths for Mig Welder


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Many Mig Welders transition into upper level Welder positions. Welders on average earn $38K per year.

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Popular Skills for Mig Welder


Survey takers who work as Mig Welders usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Metal Inert Gas Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Manufacturing Fabrication can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Manufacturing Fabrication. Most people familiar with Metal Inert Gas Welding also know Manufacturing Fabrication.

Pay by Experience Level for Mig Welder

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Mig Welders do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $33K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $35K. Mig Welders bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Mig Welder with more than 20 years of experience can earn $38K on average.

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Experience Affects Mig Welder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Mig Welder Salaries

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 1%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 35%