Welding Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Welding Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $75K per year. Total incomes of Welding Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $17K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $53K and $119K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Welding Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$57,145 - $114,432
$57K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,385
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$14.90 - $49.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,145 - $114,432  
   
Bonus
$510 - $11,960  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $17,232  
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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$52,977 - $119,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $49.66  
   
Overtime
$20.73 - $58.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$510 - $11,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $17,232  
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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$52,977 - $119,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | 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

  • 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.
  • Ensure all procedures and designs meet regulations and requirements.
  • Design and develop new welding techniques, equipment, or fabrication procedures.

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Popular Skills for Welding Engineer


Survey results suggest that Welding Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Arc Welding and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Metal Inert Gas Welding as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Gas Tungsten Arc Welding and Submerged Arc Welding also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with 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.


For many Welding Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $70K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $78K. Welding Engineers bring in $97K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,172

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 27 percent. Welding Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+6 percent) and Dallas (+4 percent). In Milwaukee, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Cleveland and Appleton earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Welding Engineer

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Welding Engineer Salaries

▲33%

▲28%

▲3%

National Average
$76,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Welding Engineer Salaries

Arc Welding
▲22%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲6%


▲1%


Manufacturing Process Engineering
▲1%

National Average
$76,000

Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)
▼7%

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
▼9%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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