Welding Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Welding Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $72K annually. Total cash compensation to Welding Engineers bottoms out near $54K and approaches $109K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,815 - $106,802
(Median)
$56K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,084
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$17.48 - $38.58
(Median)
$17
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,815 - $106,802  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,243  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $9,123  
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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$53,947 - $109,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 397
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.48 - $38.58  
   
Overtime
$24.79 - $66.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,243  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $9,123  
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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$53,947 - $109,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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 Gas Metal Arc Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, Welding, and Robotic Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Manufacturing Process Engineering. For most people, competency in Robotic Welding indicates knowledge of 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.


For Welding Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $69K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $77K. Welding Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $84K. As Welding Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,289

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

For Welding Engineers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Welding Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+8 percent) and Detroit (+5 percent). In Grand Rapids, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Milwaukee (13 percent lower) and Cleveland (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Welding Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Welding Engineer Salaries


Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Welding
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Robotic Welding
0%

National Average
$73,000

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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