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Pipe Welder Salary

Men make up the majority of Pipe Welders in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $22.03 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $15.11 per hour, and the top verges on $35.41. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although roughly a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,190 - $100,859
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$100K
MEDIAN: $54,734
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$15.11 - $35.41
(Median)
$15
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,190 - $100,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,055  
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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$34,588 - $101,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.11 - $35.41  
   
Overtime
$20.85 - $50.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,055  
   
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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$34,588 - $101,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 534

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Job Description for Pipe Welder

Pipe welders have a physically intensive job in which they perform a variety of tasks, including assembling, installing and maintaining pipes for various processing systems; moving and handling objects; and communicating with colleagues on work-related tasks. They are also responsible for inspecting and repairing equipment, organizing and planning work activities, and operating vehicles, machinery, and equipment. Additionally, pipe welders may be responsible for training colleagues, and they must document any work they have performed.

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Pipe Welder Tasks

  • Install pipe hangers, valves, support structures, and other elements of pipe systems.
  • Select pipes of the proper type, size, and material for project, cut them to the correct length.
  • Arrange pipes according to blueprint and weld them together using manual or semi-automatic welding machines.
  • Follow safety procedures when operating equipment.

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Pipe Welders' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Welder. The typical income for a Welder is $38K.

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Popular Skills for Pipe Welder


Survey results suggest that Pipe Welders use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Pipe Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Fluxed Core Arc Welding. Those familiar with Shielded Metal Arc Welding also tend to know Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Pipe Welder

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Pipe Welders with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $48K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $51K. On average, Pipe Welders make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Pipe Welders, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 75 percent greater than the national average. Pipe Welders will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent). Tulsa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Norfolk (8 percent less) and St. Louis (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Pipe Welder Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Pipe Welder Salaries


Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
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Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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National Average
$52,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Welding
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Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%
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