Pipe Welder Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Pipe Welders earn an average of $23.15 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. The majority of Pipe Welders claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,805 - $159,147
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MEDIAN: $59,651
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$16.30 - $38.39
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MEDIAN: $23.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$35,805 - $159,147  
   
Bonus
$487.22 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$850  
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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$35,828 - $107,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.30 - $38.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.15  
Overtime
$21.78 - $57.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$487.22 - $20,273  
   
Profit Sharing
$850  
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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$35,828 - $107,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 665

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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

  • Arrange pipes according to blueprint and weld them together using manual or semi-automatic welding machines.
  • Follow safety procedures when operating equipment.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Pipe Welder


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Pipe Welders tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Certified Welding Inspector. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Popular Skills for Pipe Welder


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pipe Fitting, Pipe welder, and Metal Inert Gas Welding. For most people, competency in Shielded Metal Arc Welding indicates knowledge of Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Pipe Welder

Pay by Experience for a Pipe Welder has a positive trend. An entry-level Pipe Welder with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 352 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pipe Welder with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 244 salaries. An experienced Pipe Welder which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 216 salaries. A Pipe Welder with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 132 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

▲13%

▲2%

▼-5%

▼-11%

▼-13%

▼-23%

National Average: $54,636

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Pipe Welders, Fargo provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Pipe Welders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Augusta (+20 percent), Birmingham (+19 percent), Austin (+14 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Pipe Welders' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Pipe Welders in Tampa bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Norfolk and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent less).

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Key Stats for Pipe Welder

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Pipe Welder Salaries

▲13%

▲11%

▲7%

National Average
$55,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Pipe Welder Salaries



▲1%

National Average
$55,000

Pipe Welding
▼1%

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
▼1%


Pipe welder
▼9%

Pipe Fitting
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 30%
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