Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

A sizeable majority of Welders in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $15.55 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.74 per hour on the lower end to $24.43 on the higher end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Welders. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,615 - $55,369
(Median)
$22K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $38,845
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$11.74 - $24.43
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$21,615 - $55,369  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
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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$25,386 - $57,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $24.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.68  
Overtime
$15.95 - $36.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
   
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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$25,386 - $57,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 610
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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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At the upper end, Welders who move into a Welding Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Welding Engineers is a much higher $70K per year. Typical career progression for a Welder involves becoming a Welder Lead Hand or a Certified Welding Inspector, roles that pay $9K more and $22K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Welders report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Arc Welding, and Tungsten Inert Gas Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Those proficient in Metal Inert Gas Welding are, more often than not, also skilled in Blueprints and Arc Welding.

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

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


Welders do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $33K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $37K. On average, Welders make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $45K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salaries




National Average
$36,000


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









Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$36,000

Plasma Cutting
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Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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