Welder Salary

Male Welders number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.54 per hour in the United States. Compensation ranges between $11.89 per hour and $24.97. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though tenure and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. For the most part, Welders enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$28,349 - $77,226

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$11.89 - $24.97

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,349 - $77,226  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,045  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,120  
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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$25,893 - $61,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 458
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $24.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $1.91  
Overtime
$16.53 - $36.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,120  
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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$25,893 - $61,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,523
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Job Description for Welder

A welder fuses materials, such as steel and aluminum, together to create mechanisms or to fix things that are broken. Some jobs require past experience, while others offer on the job training for entry-level welders. Manual dexterity and the ability to use hand and power tools is needed. Attention to detail is also important to make sure that the job is done right. Mathematical skills are important to carry out calculations and measurements, so that the alignment and dimensions of items being welded are done properly. Various welding equipment, will be used, such as stick welders and cutting torches. In some jobs, the ability to use CAD software is essential. It is also often a requirement to be able to read sketches and blueprints. Much of the work is done independently, so it is important to be self-motivated. This job can be physically strenuous, and the work environment can sometimes be loud and uncomfortable.

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Welder Tasks

  • Follow blueprints to arrange metal pieces and temporarily fix them into position before welding.
  • Safely set up and operate welding machines and other shop equipment.
  • Cut or join together metal pieces using manual or semi-automatic welding machines.

Common Career Paths for Welder


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Welders who move on to become Certified Welding Inspectors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Certified Welding Inspectors get paid an average of $58K per year. A common career progression for a Welder is to become a Welding Supervisor or a Manufacturing Production Supervisor. Compared to Welders, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $12K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Welder


Dominating the field, Caterpillar, Inc., Huntington Ingalls Industries, Wabash National Corporation, Trinity Inc, and BAE Systems Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Welders. Welders seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at National Oilwell Varco, where the average salary comes to $50K. General Electric Co (GE), Huntington Ingalls Industries, and Caterpillar, Inc. also offer top salaries for Welders. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $49K, $46K, and $44K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Steel Fab Company ($35K), Wabash National Corporation ($36K), and Trinity Inc ($36K).

Popular Skills for Welder


Welders report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Welder, Robotic Welding, Pipe Welding, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 19 percent. Most people familiar with Metal Inert Gas Welding also know Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding, Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW).

Pay by Experience Level for Welder

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


For Welders, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. Welders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Welders, 25 percent above the national average. Welders will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+19 percent), Tulsa (+13 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. Workers in Atlanta and Pittsburgh earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 3 percent.

Welder Reviews

What is it like working as a Welder?

Welder in Logan:
"Builds roller coasters."
Pros: I like the people in all the departments, we have company events every month to keep morale high and I enjoy the quality of work we do in the weld shop.
Cons: Low pay is the biggest con for me, everything else is excellent.

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Experience Affects Welder Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Welder Salaries

Welder
up arrow 19%

Robotic Welding
up arrow 15%






Aluminum Welding
up arrow 4%

Arc Welding
up arrow 4%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Plasma Cutting
up arrow 3%

Welding
up arrow 2%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 703 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 27%
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