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Welder Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Welders in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.44 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.83 per hour, and the top verges on $24.72. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. While about one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Welders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.
Welder Salary (?
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$27,765 - $73,761
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MEDIAN: $40,967
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Welder Salary (?
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$11.83 - $24.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,765 - $73,761  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,962  
Profit Sharing
$199.73 - $5,163  
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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$25,867 - $60,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $24.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $1.56  
Overtime
$16.34 - $35.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,962  
   
Profit Sharing
$199.73 - $5,163  
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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$25,867 - $60,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,971
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Job Description for Welder

Welders work in metal and manufacturing industries. They must be well-trained as their job of fastening different pieces of metal together can be very dangerous. They perform a job in producing just about any metal product a person may see that has joints, hinges, or is a combination of different pieces of metal.
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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 usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Certified Welding Inspector. The average pay for a Certified Welding Inspector is $57K annually. Becoming a Structural Metal Fabricator or a Welding Supervisor is a common transition from a Welder role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Welder

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Popular Skills for Welder

Survey results imply that Welders deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Aluminum Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Those familiar with Metal Inert Gas Welding also tend to know 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. Welders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. Welders who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $46K.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Welders that is 32 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Welders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Tulsa (+12 percent), and Milwaukee (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Workers in Cleveland and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Welder Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Welder Salaries

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
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Manufacturing Fabrication
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Welding
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Blueprints
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Plasma Cutting
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National Average
$38,000
Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Pipe Welding
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 598 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 27%