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Pipe Welder Salary

Male Pipe Welders number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.98 per hour in the United States. Compensation ranges from $15.07 per hour on the lower end to $35.73 on the higher end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Pipe Welders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, close to a fourth claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,708 - $100,267
(Median)
$37K
$54K
$100K
MEDIAN: $53,966
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$15.07 - $35.73
(Median)
$15
$22
$36
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,708 - $100,267  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,069  
Total Pay (?
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$34,544 - $102,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.07 - $35.73  
   
Overtime
$20.53 - $50.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,069  
   
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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$34,544 - $102,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 505

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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 takers who work as Pipe Welders typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Pipe Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $47K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $51K on average. Pipe Welders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Pipe Welder generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Pipe Welders, 14 percent higher than the national average. Tulsa is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average.

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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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National Average
$52,000

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 83 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 24%