Mig Welder Salary

Mig Welders in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.14 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Mig Welders are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$20,426 - $84,563
$20K
$38K
$85K
MEDIAN: $38,108
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50%
90%

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$11.45 - $20.21
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.14
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$20,426 - $84,563  
   
Bonus
$269.15 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$1,201  
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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$24,970 - $51,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $20.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48  
Overtime
$15.31 - $30.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$269.15 - $6,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,201  
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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$24,970 - $51,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 616

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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

  • 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


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As Mig Welders transition into upper-level roles such as Welding Supervisor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Welding Supervisors earn $50K on average per year. Typical career progression for a Mig Welder involves becoming a Welder or a Structural Metal Fabricator, roles that pay $5K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Mig Welder


Survey takers working as Mig Welders report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Aluminum Welding, Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Plasma Cutting, Fabrication, and Grinding Tools. It is often found that people who know Metal Inert Gas Welding are also skilled in Manufacturing Fabrication.

Pay by Experience Level for Mig Welder

Pay by Experience for a Mig Welder has a positive trend. An entry-level Mig Welder with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 380 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mig Welder with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Mig Welder which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 155 salaries. A Mig Welder with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 70 salaries.

Mig Welder Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Mig Welder

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Mig Welder Salaries

▲11%

▲5%

▲4%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Mig Welder Salaries

Aluminum Welding
▲10%



▲3%



Welding
▲1%

National Average
$35,000


Grinding Tools
▼4%

Fabrication
▼8%

Plasma Cutting
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 31%