Welder Salary

Men make up the majority of Welders in the United States, bringing in about $17.44 per hour. In the world of Welders, total cash compensation can vary between $27K and $65K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $8K, respectively. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance.

$25,325 - $81,680
$25K
$44K
$82K
MEDIAN: $44,228
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$12.45 - $25.62
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$25,325 - $81,680  
   
Bonus
$208.88 - $5,079  
Profit Sharing
$201.80 - $7,787  
Commission
$700  
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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$27,109 - $65,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 688
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.45 - $25.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $9.10  
Overtime
$17.95 - $38.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$208.88 - $5,079  
   
Commission
$700  
Profit Sharing
$201.80 - $7,787  
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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$27,109 - $65,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,943

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Welder


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Welders may progress into high-paying roles like Certified Welding Inspector, where median compensation is $59K annually. A Welder may also move into a role as a Structural Metal Fabricator or a Welding Supervisor.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Welder


Welders flock to Trinity Inc, General Electric Co (GE), Caterpillar, Inc., Huntington Ingalls Industries, and FreightCar America, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Valmont Industries, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $52K on average. General Dynamics Electric Boat, General Electric Co (GE), and Huntington Ingalls Industries are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Welders earning around $51K, $48K, or $48K at each firm, respectively.

Workers at Great Dane Trailers LLC, BAE Systems Inc., and FreightCar America also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $38K, $40K, and $40K respectively.

Popular Skills for Welder


Welders seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Robotic Welding, Pipe Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Tungsten Inert Gas Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Metal Inert Gas Welding. Those familiar with Metal Inert Gas Welding also tend to know Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding, and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW).

Pay by Experience Level for Welder

Pay by Experience for a Welder has a positive trend. An entry-level Welder with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 3,790 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Welder with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 2,196 salaries. An experienced Welder which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,938 salaries. A Welder with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,035 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,952

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Welders in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Welders will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+37 percent), Fort Worth (+17 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and Minneapolis (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (12 percent less) and Jacksonville (9 percent less).

Welder Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Welder?

Welder in Amarillo:
"City Machine and Welding."
Pros: City Machine and Welding gives unique and helpful experience to employees. They offer consistent and reliable scheduling and operation. They take safety seriously and have a thorough hiring and review system.
Cons: City Machine and Welding has unique operations and products. This means many employees which enter are not experienced in their particular department area. City Machine hires a competent and learnable employee and pays them a "trainee" rate, since they are merely starting in the industry. However, the company trains the employee and gives them skills and responsibilities worth much more than a trainee's pay. Once the skills and duties have been developed and the employee functions at an experienced level, there is no increase in pay. The company continually adds to the training and value to the employee, yet the employee receives none of that increase in value. The company also neglects to ensure that proper equipment is available to tradesman to properly complete delicate processes (I.e. Proper welding equipment for stainless steel tube GTAW welding). This problem cannot be remedied by experienced tradesman offering solutions or alternatives.

Welder in Trumbull:
Pros: Learning something new everyday. Being kept busy. Offering my knowledge to bring the work environment up to current levels.
Cons: Unknowledgable engineers.

Welder in St. Louis:
"Jack of all trades."
Pros: I get to make my own blueprint to work off of, whatever I can dream up in my head to meet a task I can make. I'm much more than a welder here I do it all from engine rebuilds to carpentry.
Cons: Unfair wages in comparison to other employees and their amount of work they do each day if any at all, and the bosses allow it.

Welder in Spokane:
"Pride."
Pros: Just being able to tell people that I was a Certified Welder at 20 years old was very prideful.
Cons: I have worked as a welder/fitter for over a year. I have learned the business, and the way things are there. I got forklift certified, I am First Aid and CPR certified, as well as a crane operator, over head crane operator, travel life operator and I am able to use basic saws and sawyer tools. I have NOT been hired on yet, they have laid me off before, they have NOT given me any benefits or compensation, and they have moved me around constantly from operator, to welder, to fitter, to sawyer, to laborer and back over again. I have not gotten a raise and they still expect me to work day in and day out. I do not agree with this. I believe I should be able to get hired on, and paid a little better and treated a little better than this since I have put the effort into learning everything there as well as working hard and fast.

Welder in Houston:
"Fairly new."
Pros: I enjoy the aspect where I can get lost in the job. I can zone out of the world and focus on what needs to get done. No distractions, just the weld.
Cons:

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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Key Stats for Welder

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 955 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Welder Salaries

▲19%

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$40,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Welder Salaries

Robotic Welding
▲15%

▲10%



▲4%


▲3%


▲1%

▲1%


▲1%

Manufacturing Fabrication
▼0%

Plasma Cutting
▼0%

National Average
$40,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 955 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 28%
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