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Pipe Welder Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Pipe Welders in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $21.31 per hour. Earnings sit near $14.86 per hour on the lower side but can approach $35.17 on the higher side. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While close to a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair portion do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Most Pipe Welders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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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
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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 like Welder, they may see a sharp decline in salary. Welders will usually earn $38K.

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Popular Skills for Pipe Welder

Pipe Welders seem to require a number of specific 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. 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Pipe Welders — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $46K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. As Pipe Welders reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average sum in this group is $64K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up between a fifth and a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining just over a fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Pipe Welders in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tulsa.

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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%