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Welding Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Welding Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $70K per year. Total cash earnings of Welding Engineers range from $50K on the low end to $106K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $8K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Welding Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,978 - $101,887
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MEDIAN: $70,366
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$13.33 - $41.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,978 - $101,887  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$894 - $8,054  
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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$50,395 - $105,580  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 347
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.33 - $41.43  
   
Overtime
$24.04 - $62.25  
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 - $10,174  
   
Profit Sharing
$894 - $8,054  
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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$50,395 - $105,580  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Survey results show that Welding Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Robotic Welding can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those with knowledge of Robotic Welding tend to be skilled in Welding as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Welding Engineer

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $66K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $76K on average. Welding Engineers see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $93K on average.

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 (+11 percent) and Detroit (+8 percent).

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Experience Affects Welding Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$72,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Welding Engineer Salaries

Welding
up arrow 2%

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
0%

National Average
$72,000

Robotic Welding
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

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