Pipe Welder Salary

A sizeable majority of Pipe Welders in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $22.37 per hour. Pay generally varies between $15.61 per hour and $36.87. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by slightly more than half. Work is enjoyable for Pipe Welders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,682 - $118,922
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$120K
MEDIAN: $59,105
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$15.61 - $36.87
(Median)
$16
$22
$37
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,682 - $118,922  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
Profit Sharing
$1,350  
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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$35,500 - $105,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.61 - $36.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.45  
Overtime
$21.73 - $55.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,350  
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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$35,500 - $105,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 730
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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 may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Welder. That position usually brings in $39K.

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Popular Skills for Pipe Welder


Survey results imply that Pipe Welders put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Pipe Welding, Shielded Metal Arc 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 Welding and Metal Inert Gas Welding. Those proficient in Shielded Metal Arc Welding are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $49K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $52K. Pipe Welders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,252

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

For those looking to make money, Pipe Welders in Bakersfield enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 95 percent above the national average. Pipe Welders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Fargo (+38 percent), Charlotte (+27 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Norfolk. Workers in Tulsa and Birmingham earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Pipe Welder Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Pipe Welder Salaries

Pipe Welding
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Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
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Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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National Average
$53,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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