Pipe Welder Salary

Men account for the majority of Pipe Welders in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $22.25 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $15.30 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $36.28. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,455 - $103,770

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$15.30 - $36.28

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,455 - $103,770  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,053  
Total Pay (?
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$35,134 - $103,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.30 - $36.28  
   
Overtime
$20.98 - $52.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,053  
   
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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$35,134 - $103,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 593
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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 like Welder, they may see a sharp decline in salary. Welders will usually earn $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, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Fluxed Core Arc Welding and 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

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


For many Pipe Welders, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $47K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $52K. On average, Pipe Welders make $55K 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 $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Pipe Welders in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Pipe Welders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Fargo (+27 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Grand Rapids (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tulsa. Workers in Norfolk and York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less).

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Experience Affects Pipe Welder Salaries



National Average
$52,000



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
$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 87 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 25%
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