Welding Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Welding Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $71K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation to Welding Engineers approaches anywhere from $52K on the lower end to $104K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Welding Engineers is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,012 - $101,118

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$17.15 - $39.08

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,012 - $101,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,912  
Profit Sharing
$962 - $8,109  
Total Pay (?
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$52,150 - $103,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 371
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.15 - $39.08  
   
Overtime
$24.04 - $70.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,912  
   
Profit Sharing
$962 - $8,109  
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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$52,150 - $103,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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Job Description for Welding Engineer

The welding engineer ties together all parts of the welding process. They are responsible for evaluating quality of welding operations and researching problems that arise, formulating solutions. They also supervise welding technicians to ensure proper process is being followed and that produced welds are of the highest quality. Welding engineers also have a role in repairing and maintaining welding equipment to ensure it meets the needs of workers and is safe, designing and testing new welding techniques, performing upgrades and repairs to equipment, and reviewing educational materials to ensure it includes the latest advancements in their field.

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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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Welding Engineers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Welding, Robotic Welding, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Gas Metal Arc Welding and Manufacturing Process Engineering. Many workers who know Robotic Welding also know Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Welding Engineer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Welding Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $67K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $77K on average. Welding Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $78K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Welding Engineers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Welding Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Welding Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+10 percent) and Detroit (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Columbus (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Welding Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Welding Engineer Salaries

Welding
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National Average
$72,000

Robotic Welding
up arrow 1%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 5%

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%
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