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Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

Men make up the majority of Welders in the United States, bringing in about $15.82 per hour. Total cash compensation for Welders runs from $25K to $58K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,588 - $60,696
(Median)
$22K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,651
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90%

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$11.57 - $24.12
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$21,588 - $60,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,970  
Profit Sharing
$180.00 - $4,000  
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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$25,068 - $58,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.57 - $24.12  
   
Overtime
$15.13 - $35.86  
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 - $1,970  
   
Profit Sharing
$180.00 - $4,000  
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).
)
$25,068 - $58,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,202

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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 who go on to become Welding Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Welding Engineers is $69K annually. When Welders are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Welder Lead Hands or Certified Welding Inspectors. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $21K, respectively.

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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 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. Skill sets containing Welding also tend to include Blueprints. For most people, competency in Metal Inert Gas Welding indicates knowledge of 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. As Welders reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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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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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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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National Average
$37,000

Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 141 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
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 31%
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