Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Pipe Welders earn an average of $22.89 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, about one in four claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,330 - $120,267
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$37K
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MEDIAN: $59,538
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$16.07 - $38.08
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,330 - $120,267  
   
Bonus
$505 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$36,137 - $105,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.07 - $38.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.24  
Overtime
$21.16 - $57.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$505 - $20,273  
   
Commission
$3,500  
Profit Sharing
$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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$36,137 - $105,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 683

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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.

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Pipe Welders' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Certified Welding Inspector. On average, Certified Welding Inspectors get paid about the same as Pipe Welders do.

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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, Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Pipe Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pipe Fitting, Pipe welder, and Metal Inert Gas Welding. 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.


For many Pipe Welders, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $57K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. Pipe Welders who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,246

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With a pay rate for Pipe Welders that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Pipe Welders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baton Rouge (+15 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), Charlotte (+7 percent), and Pittsburgh (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa. Workers in Norfolk and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Pipe Welder Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Pipe Welder Salaries

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
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Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
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Pipe Welding
0%

Welding
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National Average
$54,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Pipe welder
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Pipe Fitting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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