Pipe Welder Salary (United States)

Male Pipe Welders number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.31 per hour in the United States. The range in pay spans from $14.86 per hour to $35.17. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 27 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most Pipe Welders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$30,201 - $103,424  
   
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Total Pay (?
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$33,044 - $103,500  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $35.17  
   
Overtime
$20.87 - $51.28  
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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  
PayScale
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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For Pipe Welders, career progression may result in largely decreased compensation. More often than not, a Welder, an upper-level role, earns much less than those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Pipe Welder

Pipe Welders report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Pipe Welding can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 8 percent more than the national average, respectively. Those proficient in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) are, more often than not, 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.
Pipe Welders with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Pipe Welders in the early stages of their career don't see a large increase in pay for the first decade—salary tends to grow from $46K to just $50K. Compensation is $55K after 10 to 20 years. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Pipe Welders after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $64K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 23 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 22 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$51,000
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Pipe Welders will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. In Tulsa, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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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National Average
$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%
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