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Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

Male Welders number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $15.87 per hour in the United States. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Welders can bottom out near $25K or peak near $58K depending on individual performance. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and approximately half have dental, as well. Most Welders like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$21,532 - $60,772
(Median)
$22K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,767
10%
50%
90%

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$11.56 - $24.17
(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
$21,532 - $60,772  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,966  
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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$25,066 - $57,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $24.17  
   
Overtime
$15.18 - $35.87  
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 - $1,966  
   
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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$25,066 - $57,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,155
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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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For Welders, progressing to a Welding Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Welding Engineer can earn $69K annually. Welders most often move into positions as Welder Lead Hands or Certified Welding Inspectors; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $21K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Welders seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Those proficient in Welding are, more often than not, also skilled in Blueprints. Those proficient in Metal Inert Gas Welding are, more often than not, 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Welders — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. Welders see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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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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 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: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 31%
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