A sizeable majority of Mig Welders in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $15.09 per hour. Total cash compensation to Mig Welders bottoms out near $25K and approaches $51K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $4K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by about one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,596 - $82,851
$21K
$39K
$83K
MEDIAN: $39,305
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90%

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$11.37 - $20.31
$11
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$20,596 - $82,851  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $7,096  
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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$24,793 - $51,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.37 - $20.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13  
Overtime
$15.21 - $30.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$201.34 - $7,096  
   
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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$24,793 - $51,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 622

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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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Mig Welders do not often transition into Welding Supervisor roles. The role averages $50K per year. When Mig Welders are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Welders or Structural Metal Fabricators. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $5K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mig Welder


Mig Welders seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Aluminum Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Fluxed Core Arc Welding, and Manufacturing Fabrication are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Plasma Cutting, Fabrication, and Grinding Tools. Most people familiar with 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 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 average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $36K. Mig Welders bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $39K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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 88 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Mig Welder Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Mig Welder Salaries

Aluminum Welding
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Welding
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000


Grinding Tools
up arrow 5%

Fabrication
up arrow 9%

Plasma Cutting
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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