Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Welders earn an average of $16.35 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,484 - $123,650
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$41K
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MEDIAN: $41,290
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$11.76 - $25.86
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MEDIAN: $16.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,484 - $123,650  
   
Bonus
$98.99 - $5,556  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$25,154 - $70,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $25.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.25 - $43.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$98.99 - $5,556  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$25,154 - $70,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 271

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Job Description for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer

A welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer is a longer title for the position that most people simply call welding. Some welders exclusively weld, but others are required to cut, solder, and/or braze as part of their job. Either way, the most important part of being a welder is safety, and one must always fulfill the quality requirements as well.

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Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Tasks

  • Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment.

Common Career Paths for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


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Though some Welders move into positions like Welding Engineer (where the average salary is $71K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for a Welder is to become a Certified Welding Inspector or a Welder Lead Hand. The former position pays an additional $21K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Survey results imply that Welders deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Gas Metal Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Tungsten Inert Gas Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Machine Operation. It is often found that people who know Blueprints are also skilled in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Welders, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $35K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $38K. Welders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. 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 $51K.

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Key Stats for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salaries

▲37%

▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$38,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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