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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 $15.03 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Mig Welders stretch from $24K on the lower end to $51K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mig Welders. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by slightly less than one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,080 - $61,683
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$62K
MEDIAN: $35,696
10%
50%
90%

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$11.02 - $20.23
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,080 - $61,683  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Profit Sharing
$58.73 - $3,878  
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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$24,338 - $50,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.02 - $20.23  
   
Overtime
$15.05 - $28.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$58.73 - $3,878  
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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$24,338 - $50,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 428

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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 move into Welder roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $38K per year.

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Popular Skills for Mig Welder


Survey results show that Mig Welders use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Manufacturing Fabrication. The majority of those who know 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 many Mig Welders, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $32K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $34K on average. For Mig Welders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $40K.

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Experience Affects Mig Welder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Mig Welder Salaries

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 2%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
0%

National Average
$34,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 7%

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
up arrow 10%

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
up arrow 11%

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
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 33%