Welding Engineer Salary

Welding Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $72K annually. Total cash compensation to Welding Engineers approaches anywhere from $54K on the lower end to $109K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $9K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Welding Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,815 - $106,802
(Median)
$56K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,084
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$17.48 - $38.58
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$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 (?
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
$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


Survey results show that Welding Engineers use a fair number of 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. Most people experienced in 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 Welding Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $69K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $77K on average. For Welding Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $84K. Welding Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,289

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

For those looking to make money, Welding Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Welding Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+8 percent) and Detroit (+5 percent). Grand Rapids is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Milwaukee and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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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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