Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Welding Engineers earn an average of $75K per year. In the world of Welding Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $17K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $53K and $118K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Welding Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,794 - $110,562
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,794 - $110,562  
   
Bonus
$650 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $16,886  
Total Pay (?
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$52,743 - $117,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $49.66  
   
Overtime
$17.82 - $59.09  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$650 - $12,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $16,886  
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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$52,743 - $117,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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


Welding Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Arc Welding command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Metal Inert Gas Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. 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 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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $70K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $80K on average. Welding Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Welding Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,826

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For Welding Engineers, busy Detroit offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Welding Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent) and Dallas (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Milwaukee is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (8 percent lower) and Appleton (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Welding Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Welding Engineer Salaries




National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Welding Engineer Salaries

Arc Welding
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Manufacturing Process Engineering
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National Average
$76,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
up arrow 9%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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