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Pipe Welder Salary

Men make up the majority of Pipe Welders in the United States, bringing in about $22.00 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $15.12 per hour to $35.46. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,531 - $101,671
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$100K
MEDIAN: $54,734
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90%

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$15.12 - $35.46
(Median)
$15
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,531 - $101,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
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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$34,308 - $100,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $35.46  
   
Overtime
$20.91 - $50.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
   
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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$34,308 - $100,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 551
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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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Popular Skills for Pipe Welder


Survey results suggest that Pipe Welders use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Pipe Welding, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Fluxed Core Arc Welding. It is often found that people who know Shielded Metal Arc Welding are also skilled 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $51K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pipe Welders make a median salary of $53K. As Pipe Welders reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Pipe Welders, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Pipe Welders will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent) and Grand Rapids (+17 percent). Tulsa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Norfolk and St. Louis (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Pipe Welder Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Pipe Welder Salaries

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
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Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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Pipe 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 86 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 26%
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