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Welding Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Welding Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $71K per year. Overall cash earnings for Welding Engineers stretch from $52K on the lower end to $105K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city 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. Job satisfaction for Welding Engineers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$51,756 - $101,652
(Median)
$52K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,979
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50%
90%

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$17.23 - $41.30
(Median)
$17
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,756 - $101,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,010  
Profit Sharing
$881 - $6,205  
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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$51,637 - $104,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $41.30  
   
Overtime
$24.11 - $68.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$881 - $6,205  
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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$51,637 - $104,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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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Professional skills reported by Welding Engineers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Robotic Welding, and Manufacturing Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Manufacturing Process Engineering. Experience with Robotic Welding is often linked with knowledge of Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Welding Engineer

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


For Welding Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $67K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $77K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Welding Engineers make a median salary of $77K. 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 $94K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Welding Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Welding Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+10 percent) and Detroit (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Columbus and Appleton (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Welding Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$72,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Welding Engineer Salaries

Welding
up arrow 3%

National Average
$72,000

Robotic Welding
up arrow 1%

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
up arrow 1%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 6%
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