Mig Welder Salary

Mig Welders in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.06 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.51 per hour on the low end to $20.35 on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Although a majority have medical coverage and a little less than half have dental coverage, nearly one in three claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,514 - $60,000

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$11.51 - $20.35

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,514 - $60,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,987  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,973  
Total Pay (?
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$25,060 - $50,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.51 - $20.35  
   
Overtime
$15.44 - $29.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,987  
   
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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$25,060 - $50,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 477
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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 transition into upper-level Welder positions. Welders earn a median of $38K per year.

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Popular Skills for Mig Welder


Mig Welders report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Manufacturing Fabrication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Plasma Cutting, Fluxed Core Arc Welding, and Manufacturing Fabrication. Most people 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 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $33K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $34K. Mig Welders bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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
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Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Mig Welder Salaries

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
up arrow 6%

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
0%

National Average
$34,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 1%

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
up arrow 5%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 5%

Plasma Cutting
up arrow 6%

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: 66% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 33%
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