Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

Welders in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.55 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.74 per hour on the low end to $24.43 on the high end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately one-half get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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Welders who go on to become Welding Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Welding Engineers is $70K annually. Welder Lead Hands or Certified Welding Inspectors are common next-step roles for Welders moving up in their careers; annual pay for Welder Lead Hands is $9K higher on average, and it's $22K higher for Certified Welding Inspectors.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Survey takers working as Welders report using a large range of professional skills. 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. Most people experienced in Metal Inert Gas Welding also know 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.


For Welders, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $33K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $37K. Welders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $45K.

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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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