Pipe Welder Salary (United States)

Very much a male dominated career in the United States, Pipe Welders earn an average of $21.31 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $14.86 per hour to $35.17. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—27 percent lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Pipe Welders is high. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Pipe Welder Salary (?
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$30,201 - $103,424
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MEDIAN: $51,188
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Pipe Welder Salary (?
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$14.86 - $35.17
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$30,201 - $103,424  
   
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$0.00 - $2,012  
Total Pay (?
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$33,044 - $103,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $35.17  
   
Overtime
$20.87 - $51.28  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $2,012  
   
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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$33,044 - $103,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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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.

Common Career Paths for Pipe Welder

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As Pipe Welders transition into upper-level roles, they actually see a sharp decline in salary. For instance, a Welder will usually earn less than his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Popular Skills for Pipe Welder

Survey results imply that Pipe Welders put a diverse skill set to use. Pipe Welding is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 8 percent. Most people who know Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) also 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.
For Pipe Welders, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Pay increases slowly at first for Pipe Welders, with starting salaries of $46K reaching $50K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $55K. Though minimal, Pipe Welders continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $64K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about a quarter. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Pipe Welders, 14 percent higher than the national average. With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Tulsa is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Pipe Welder Salaries

National Average
$51,000

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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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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$51,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 27%