The average rate for a Welder in San Diego, California is $20.18 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in Plasma Cutting is associated with high pay for this job. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$13.91 - $26.92

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$13.91 - $26.92  
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$29,449 - $76,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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About San Diego, California

San Diego County, California
693,826 (49.7%)
701,081 (50.3%)
San Diego /ˌsæn diːˈeɪɡoʊ/ (Spanish for "Saint Didacus") is a major city in California, United States. It is in San Diego County, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, approximately 120 miles (190 km) south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico. With an estimated population of 1,394,928 as of July 1, 2015, San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest in California. It is part of the San Diego–Tijuana conurbation, the second-largest transborder agglomeration between the US and a bordering country after Detroit–Windsor, with a population of 4,922,723 people. San Diego is known as "the birthplace of California" and is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the United States Navy and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center. Historically home to the Kumeyaay people, San Diego was the first site visited...
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Experience Affects Welder Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Welder Salaries

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Plasma Cutting
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Pipe Welding
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Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding

Arc Welding

National Average

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
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Manufacturing Fabrication
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Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
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Aluminum Welding
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.


11 %
89 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 5%