Men represent the vast majority of Welders in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.40 per hour nationwide. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — nearly one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than half. Work is enjoyable for Welders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,319 - $139,620
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$140K
MEDIAN: $43,244
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$11.81 - $25.70
(Median)
$12
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,319 - $139,620  
   
Bonus
$146.81 - $5,667  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$25,201 - $70,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $25.70  
   
Overtime
$17.85 - $41.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$146.81 - $5,667  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$25,201 - $70,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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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 advance into the role of a Welding Engineer are fairly uncommon. Welding Engineers on average earn $71K per year. A common career progression for a Welder is to become a Certified Welding Inspector or a Welder Lead Hand. Compared to Welders, the first group earns $21K more on average, and the second group earns $8K more.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Survey results imply that Welders deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Gas Metal Arc Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Arc Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 17 percent. Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to know Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding.

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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $35K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Welders make a median salary of $38K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Welders with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $51K.

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Experience Affects Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salaries







Blueprints
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Welding
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Plasma Cutting
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Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
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National Average
$38,000

Aluminum Welding
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Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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