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Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

Men account for the majority of Welders in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $15.89 per hour. Total cash compensation to Welders approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $58K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Welders. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,108 - $66,443
(Median)
$22K
$40K
$66K
MEDIAN: $40,342
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$11.62 - $24.02
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$22,108 - $66,443  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,003  
Profit Sharing
$181.21 - $3,973  
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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$25,198 - $58,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $24.02  
   
Overtime
$15.18 - $35.54  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,003  
   
Profit Sharing
$181.21 - $3,973  
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).
)
$25,198 - $58,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,302

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Job Description for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers are manual laborers who operate MIG, air/carbon arc, OXY-fuel torch, stick welders, and plasma cutting torch to fabricate, repair, and maintain equipment. They create welds and assemblies with the use of blueprints and other visual aids. They may also complete sub-assembly of various parts in order to manufacture finished goods. Welders, brazers, cutters, and solderers are responsible for the construction and fastening of various parts of production equipment and final products.

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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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Welders' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Welding Engineer. The average Welding Engineer brings home $69K per year. Welders moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Certified Welding Inspectors or Structural Metal Fabricators. The median paychecks in those roles are $21K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Welders seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Arc Welding, Aluminum Welding, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. It is often found that people who know Welding are also skilled in Blueprints. It is often found that people who know Metal Inert Gas Welding are also skilled in Arc Welding, Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW), and Blueprints.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $38K. Welders bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $43K.

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Experience Affects Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salaries




National Average
$37,000


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




Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
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Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
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Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
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Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
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Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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Plasma Cutting
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Welding
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National Average
$37,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 31%