Pipe Welder Salary

Men make up the majority of Pipe Welders in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $22.24 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $15.19 per hour to $36.20. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — about one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pipe Welders. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,034 - $103,418
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$100K
MEDIAN: $55,121
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$15.19 - $36.20
(Median)
$15
$22
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$37,034 - $103,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,063  
Total Pay (?
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$34,508 - $103,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.19 - $36.20  
   
Overtime
$21.31 - $52.94  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,063  
   
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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$34,508 - $103,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 585
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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 Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Pipe Welding, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Fluxed Core Arc Welding. 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.


Pipe Welders with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $51K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $47K. Pipe Welders see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Pipe Welders that is 66 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Pipe Welders will also find cushy salaries in Fargo (+28 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), Grand Rapids (+16 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Tulsa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Norfolk (12 percent less) and Birmingham (10 percent less).

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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
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%
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