Male Mig Welders number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $15.07 per hour in the United States. Total incomes of Mig Welders incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $51K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$20,804 - $92,000
(Median)
$21K
$37K
$92K
MEDIAN: $36,700
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$11.41 - $20.33
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$20,804 - $92,000  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $6,851  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,945  
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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$24,782 - $51,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.41 - $20.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13  
Overtime
$15.06 - $29.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$201.34 - $6,851  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,945  
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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$24,782 - $51,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 601
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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.

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Mig Welders' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Welding Supervisor. The average Welding Supervisor brings home $50K per year. Mig Welders most often move into positions as Welders or Structural Metal Fabricators; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mig Welder


Mig Welders report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Aluminum Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Tungsten Inert Gas Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Plasma Cutting, Fabrication, and Grinding Tools. Those educated in Metal Inert Gas Welding tend to be well versed in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. Mig Welders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $36K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $39K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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What is it like working as a Mig Welder?

Mig Welder in Mitchell Indiana:
"Hard dangerous work can cause blindness cancer don't make en."
Pros: Learning a new skill I like building things.
Cons: The pay the fact that I get burnt on a daily basis that I could go blind or get chance.

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Experience Affects Mig Welder Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Mig Welder Salaries

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
up arrow 16%

Aluminum Welding
up arrow 11%




Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Welding
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National Average
$34,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 1%

Grinding Tools
up arrow 5%

Fabrication
up arrow 8%

Plasma Cutting
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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