Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

Men make up the majority of Welders in the United States, bringing in about $15.67 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Welders stretch from $25K on the lower end to $56K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. Most Welders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and one-half have dental, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,125 - $59,302

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$11.58 - $24.07

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,125 - $59,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
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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$25,088 - $56,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $24.07  
   
Overtime
$15.03 - $35.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
   
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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$25,088 - $56,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,003
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Welding Engineers. That role pays $69K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Welder involves becoming a Welder Lead Hand or a Certified Welding Inspector, roles that pay $9K more and $21K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Welders seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Aluminum Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Most people experienced in Welding also know Blueprints. Those familiar with Metal Inert Gas Welding also tend to 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $33K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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






Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
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Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
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Plasma Cutting
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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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 134 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: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 31%
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