Pipe Welder Salary

Male Pipe Welders number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.12 per hour in the United States. Earnings sit near $15.23 per hour on the lower side but can approach $36.01 on the higher side. Location and years of experience 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. While roughly one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,758 - $103,586
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$100K
MEDIAN: $55,474
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$15.23 - $36.01
(Median)
$15
$22
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$37,758 - $103,586  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,046  
Total Pay (?
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$34,633 - $103,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Hourly Rate
$15.23 - $36.01  
   
Overtime
$21.29 - $52.42  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,046  
   
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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$34,633 - $103,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 587
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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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As Pipe Welders transition into upper-level roles like Welder, they may see a sharp decline in salary. Welders will usually earn $38K.

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Popular Skills for Pipe Welder


Pipe Welders report using a wide range 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 pay less than market rate include Fluxed Core Arc Welding and Welding. Most people experienced in Shielded Metal Arc Welding also know 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $47K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $51K. On average, Pipe Welders make $55K following one to two decades on the job. Pipe Welders who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $64K.

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 Fargo (+28 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Grand Rapids (+16 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Tulsa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Norfolk and Birmingham also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 10 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 87 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
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%
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