Pipe Welder Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Pipe Welders in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.37 per hour nationwide. The bottom of the pay range sits near $15.61 per hour, and the top verges on $36.87. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pipe Welders. Some workers in this field — one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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
10%
50%
90%

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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 considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Welder position, where pay tends to be around $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 pay less than market rate include Welding and Metal Inert Gas Welding. Most people familiar with Shielded Metal Arc Welding 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. During the first five years of their careers, Pipe Welders see a median income of $49K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $52K. Pipe Welders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. As Pipe Welders reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,252

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

Bakersfield offers some of the highest pay in the country for Pipe Welders, 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. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tulsa and Birmingham (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, 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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