Men make up the majority of Welding Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $75K per year. Cash earnings for Welding Engineers — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $54K to approximately $118K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Welding Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,750 - $109,553
(Median)
$57K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,568
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$15.53 - $45.00
(Median)
$16
$27
$45
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,750 - $109,553  
   
Bonus
$811 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$125.00 - $14,500  
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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$54,206 - $117,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.53 - $45.00  
   
Overtime
$25.20 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$811 - $11,836  
   
Profit Sharing
$125.00 - $14,500  
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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$54,206 - $117,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Welding Engineer

Welding engineering requires a great deal of strength and determination, and these engineers are trained to handle a variety of welding techniques, maintain overall quality, and produce wells. They must always stay up-to-date with current codes and regulations to maintain a safe environment for all employees.

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Welding Engineer Tasks

  • Ensure all procedures and designs meet regulations and requirements.
  • Design and develop new welding techniques, equipment, or fabrication procedures.
  • Evaluate current welding techniques and processes and make recommendations for enhancements.
  • Remain current in state-of-the-field advancements and incorporate new techniques as appropriate.

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Popular Skills for Welding Engineer


Welding Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Manufacturing Process Engineering, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Welding, and Robotic Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Metal Inert Gas Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people who know Robotic Welding also know Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW).

Pay by Experience Level for Welding Engineer

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


Welding Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $70K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $80K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $95K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $101K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,431

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

Welding Engineers will find that Detroit offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 17 percent. Welding Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent) and Dallas (+5 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Milwaukee is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (7 percent lower) and Appleton (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Welding Engineer Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Welding Engineer Salaries

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
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Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Welding
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Robotic Welding
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National Average
$75,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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