Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salary

Men make up the majority of Welders in the United States, bringing in about $16.32 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and close to one-half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,484 - $148,380
$30K
$43K
$150K
MEDIAN: $43,244
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$11.74 - $25.71
$12
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,484 - $148,380  
   
Bonus
$100.33 - $5,701  
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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$25,122 - $69,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $25.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.51 - $43.55  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$100.33 - $5,701  
   
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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$25,122 - $69,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 268

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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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While not commonly seen, Welders who transition into a Welding Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Welding Engineers is $71K per year. Welders typically move into roles as Certified Welding Inspectors or Welder Lead Hands, and those positions pay $21K more and $8K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer


Welders seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Gas Metal Arc Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Machine Operation. It is often found that people who know Blueprints are also skilled in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding.

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

Pay by Experience for a Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer has a positive trend. An entry-level Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 163 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 77 salaries. An experienced Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 77 salaries. A Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 54 salaries.

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Key Stats for Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Salaries

▲35%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$38,000

▼9%

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





▲9%


▲4%


Welding
▼0%

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
▼0%

National Average
$38,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 30%