Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

Men make up the majority of Welders in the United States, bringing in about $15.72 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. Most Welders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly one-half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,594 - $60,227
(Median)
$21K
$39K
$60K
MEDIAN: $38,705
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$11.60 - $24.15
(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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$20,594 - $60,227  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,976  
Profit Sharing
$178.79 - $4,027  
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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$24,986 - $57,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $24.15  
   
Overtime
$15.07 - $35.88  
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 - $1,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$178.79 - $4,027  
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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$24,986 - $57,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,033
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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. It is quite typical for Welders to transition into roles as Welder Lead Hands or Certified Welding Inspectors, where reported median earnings are $9K and $21K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Arc Welding, Aluminum Welding, and Gas Metal Arc Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. People who know Welding usually also know Blueprints. The majority of those who know Metal Inert Gas Welding also know Arc Welding, Blueprints, and Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW).

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $33K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $37K. On average, Welders make $39K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Welder with more than 20 years of experience can earn $43K on average.

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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 137 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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