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Mig Welder Salary

Mig Welders in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.01 per hour. In the world of Mig Welders, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $51K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $4K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Mig Welders is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by a little less than one-half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,708 - $73,974
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$74K
MEDIAN: $36,165
10%
50%
90%

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$11.11 - $20.25
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,708 - $73,974  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
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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$24,535 - $50,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.11 - $20.25  
   
Overtime
$14.95 - $28.89  
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 - $2,009  
   
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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$24,535 - $50,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 443

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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 $38K on average.

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Popular Skills for Mig Welder


Mig Welders report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, Shielded Metal Arc 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 and Manufacturing Fabrication. Most people skilled in Metal Inert Gas Welding are similarly competent 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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $32K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. Mig Welders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Mig Welders who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is 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 1%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
0%

National Average
$34,000

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
up arrow 2%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 6%

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
up arrow 12%

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
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 34%
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