Mig Welder Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Mig Welders in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $15.04 per hour nationwide. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.31 per hour and $20.33. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although the larger part have medical coverage and slightly less than one-half have dental coverage, about a third claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,793 - $73,404
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$73K
MEDIAN: $35,921
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$11.31 - $20.33
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,793 - $73,404  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,078  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,915  
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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$24,952 - $50,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.31 - $20.33  
   
Overtime
$14.75 - $29.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,078  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,915  
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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$24,952 - $50,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476
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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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Mig Welders often transition into upper-level roles like Welder, for which the average compensation is $38K per year.

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Popular Skills for Mig Welder


Mig Welders report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Plasma Cutting, and Manufacturing Fabrication. Those educated in Metal Inert Gas Welding tend to be well versed 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, 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 median compensation for relatively untried workers is $33K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $34K. Mig Welders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $40K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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 1%

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 2%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 5%

Plasma Cutting
up arrow 6%

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
up arrow 7%

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: 39% employee benefits None: 34%
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