Mig Welder Salary

A sizeable majority of Mig Welders in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $15.03 per hour. Cash earnings for Mig Welders — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $50K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While nearly one-third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and just under one-half have dental, as well. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,793 - $73,404
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$73K
MEDIAN: $35,921
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$11.33 - $20.30
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$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,793 - $73,404  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $2,750  
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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$24,974 - $50,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.33 - $20.30  
   
Overtime
$14.73 - $28.90  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $2,750  
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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$24,974 - $50,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 470
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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 advance into a slightly higher-paying Welder position. Average compensation for Welders is $38K.

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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, Metal Inert Gas Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Manufacturing Fabrication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Plasma Cutting, and Manufacturing Fabrication. 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

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


For Mig Welders, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $34K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $32K. For Mig Welders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Mig Welder generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $40K.

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Experience Affects Mig Welder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Mig Welder Salaries

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
up arrow 6%

National Average
$34,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 2%

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 2%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 5%

Plasma Cutting
up arrow 6%

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 34%
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