Pipe Welder Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Pipe Welders in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.93 per hour nationwide. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Pipe Welders report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,898 - $121,934
$37K
$60K
$120K
MEDIAN: $60,264
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$16.18 - $37.83
$16
$23
$38
MEDIAN: $22.93
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,898 - $121,934  
   
Bonus
$491.32 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$850  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$36,010 - $104,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.18 - $37.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.24  
Overtime
$21.38 - $58.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$491.32 - $20,000  
   
Commission
$3,500  
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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$36,010 - $104,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 684

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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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As Pipe Welders transition into upper-level roles like Certified Welding Inspectors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Certified Welding Inspectors earn the same amount as Pipe Welders on average.

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Popular Skills for Pipe Welder


Pipe Welders generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Fluxed Core Arc Welding, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pipe Fitting and Pipe welder. Those educated in Shielded Metal Arc Welding tend to be well versed 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.


For Pipe Welders, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $57K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pipe Welders make a median salary of $60K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,093

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

Home to some of the best pay for Pipe Welders, Fargo offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Pipe Welders will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent), Augusta (+21 percent), Birmingham (+20 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). Pipe Welders in Tampa make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Norfolk and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Pipe Welder

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Pipe Welder Salaries

▲14%

▲11%

▲6%

National Average
$54,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Pipe Welder Salaries




Pipe Welding
▼0%

Welding
▼0%

National Average
$54,000


Pipe welder
▼8%

Pipe Fitting
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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