Mig Welder Salary
A sizeable majority of Mig Welders in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $15.09 per hour. Total cash compensation to Mig Welders bottoms out near $25K and approaches $51K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $4K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by about one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Because MIG welding is offered in many high school curricula, many individuals learn the trade as part of their optional course of study. However, some MIG welders receive their training at vocational or technical schools, wherein they receive a welding diploma that may qualify them to perform other types of industry-specific welding, such as fabrication welding or pipe fitting. MIG welders must be in above-average physical shape to meet the often-strenuous working conditions that accompany the job. For example, many MIG welders work in confined spaces, such as tunnels, and on high-rise platforms. MIG welders must also be able to perform basic mathematical computations and read blueprints to determine where the precise locations of their welds are to be performed.
MIG welders generally work as part of a welding team comprised of multiple welders working on one particular project; however, some MIG welders work independently. Once a job is completed, MIG welders often move to other job sites to begin new projects under the direction of their company's supervisor. While most MIG welders work as employees or contract laborers, some start their own companies and hire and manage other MIG welders to complete contracted tasks.
Mig Welder Tasks
- Follow blueprints to arrange metal pieces and temporarily fix them into position before welding.
- Measure and cut metal pieces to blueprint specifications.
- Join together metal pieces with welding machines that use the MIG process.
- Safely set up and operate welding machines and other shop equipment.
Common Career Paths for Mig Welder
Mig Welders do not often transition into Welding Supervisor roles. The role averages $50K per year. When Mig Welders are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Welders or Structural Metal Fabricators. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $5K, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Mig Welder
Mig Welders seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Aluminum Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Fluxed Core Arc Welding, and Manufacturing Fabrication are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Plasma Cutting, Fabrication, and Grinding Tools. 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.
For Mig Welders, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $36K. Mig Welders bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $39K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.
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