Mig Welder Salary

Men make up the majority of Mig Welders in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.16 per hour. Compensation ranges between $11.50 per hour and $20.17. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although about a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and just under a half get dental coverage, too. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Mig Welders — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$21,046 - $69,322
(Median)
$21K
$36K
$69K
MEDIAN: $36,427
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$11.50 - $20.17
(Median)
$12
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,046 - $69,322  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,084  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,973  
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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$24,902 - $51,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $20.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.12 - $29.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,084  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,973  
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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$24,902 - $51,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 597
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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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A lot of Mig Welders move on to become Welders, that group gets paid a slightly higher $39K on average.

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Popular Skills for Mig Welder


Mig Welders generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Aluminum Welding, Fluxed Core Arc Welding, and Tungsten Inert Gas Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Plasma Cutting and Grinding Tools. For most people, competency in Metal Inert Gas Welding indicates knowledge of Manufacturing Fabrication.

Pay by Experience Level for Mig Welder

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


Mig Welders with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $33K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $35K on average. Mig Welders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $36K. 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 $40K on average.

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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
$35,000


Skills That Affect Mig Welder Salaries

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
up arrow 15%

Aluminum Welding
up arrow 9%



Welding
up arrow 5%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
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National Average
$35,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 1%

Grinding Tools
up arrow 5%

Plasma Cutting
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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