Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

Welders in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.51 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Welders. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,562 - $240,000
$31K
$45K
$240K
MEDIAN: $45,125
10%
50%
90%

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$11.75 - $27.30
$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $16.51
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50%
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$0$240K
Salary $30,562 - $240,000
Bonus $25.17 - $5,575
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 - $72,202
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $11.75 - $27.30
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $16.13 - $43.10
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $25.17 - $5,575
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 - $72,202
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 289

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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 it's uncommon, some Welders move into roles as Welding Engineers, where pay is an average $71K per year. It is quite typical for Welders to transition into roles as Certified Welding Inspectors or Welder Lead Hands, where reported median earnings are $21K and $8K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Survey takers working as Welders report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Gas Metal Arc Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Machine Operation and Aluminum Welding. Those educated in Blueprints tend to be well versed in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding.

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

Pay by Experience for a Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer has a positive trend. An entry-level Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 163 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 77 salaries. An experienced Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 77 salaries. A Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 54 salaries.

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Key Stats for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salaries

▲33%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$38,000

▼10%

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





▲8%


▲2%


National Average
$38,000

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
▼1%

Welding
▼2%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 30%
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