Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

A sizeable majority of Welders in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $15.79 per hour. In the world of Welders, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $25K and $58K. Most Welders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by nearly one-half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,713 - $59,968
(Median)
$21K
$39K
$60K
MEDIAN: $39,310
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$11.61 - $24.15
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,713 - $59,968  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,972  
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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$25,024 - $57,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.61 - $24.15  
   
Overtime
$15.07 - $35.80  
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 - $1,972  
   
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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$25,024 - $57,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,051
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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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As Welders transition into upper-level roles such as Welding Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Welding Engineers earn $69K on average per year. 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 takers working as Welders report using a large range of professional skills. 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 6 percent and 10 percent. Those educated in Metal Inert Gas Welding tend to be well versed in Arc Welding, Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW), and Blueprints. A tool kit that includes Welding also typically contains Blueprints.

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

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


Welders with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $33K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary 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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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
0%

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
33%
5-9 years
25%
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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