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Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

Welders in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.73 per hour. Total cash compensation to Welders approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $57K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $3K from profit sharing. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and approximately one-half claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Welders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,245 - $67,406
(Median)
$23K
$40K
$67K
MEDIAN: $40,001
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90%

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$11.50 - $23.72
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,245 - $67,406  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,001  
Profit Sharing
$115.00 - $2,750  
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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$24,941 - $56,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $23.72  
   
Overtime
$15.35 - $34.97  
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 - $2,001  
   
Profit Sharing
$115.00 - $2,750  
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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$24,941 - $56,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,647
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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 who transition into an upper level Welding Engineer role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $68K per year. Welders most often move into positions as Certified Welding Inspectors or Structural Metal Fabricators; those groups report median salaries that are $21K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Welders report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 8 percent and 11 percent. Those educated in Metal Inert Gas Welding tend to be well versed in Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW), Arc Welding, 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.


For many Welders, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Welders who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $44K.

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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




Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
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Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
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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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Machine Operation
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National Average
$36,000

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: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 31%