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 $71K per year. Cash earnings for Welding Engineers — including $10K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $52K to $104K depending on individual performance. Career duration 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. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$51,428 - $101,501
(Median)
$51K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,809
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$17.23 - $40.12
(Median)
$17
$25
$40
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,428 - $101,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,964  
Profit Sharing
$965 - $9,060  
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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$51,699 - $104,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 383
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $40.12  
   
Overtime
$24.15 - $67.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$965 - $9,060  
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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$51,699 - $104,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Survey takers who work as Welding Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Welding, Robotic Welding, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Gas Metal Arc Welding and 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $67K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $76K. Welding Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $77K. As Welding Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $94K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Welding Engineers, 15 percent above the national average. Welding Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+10 percent) and Detroit (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (5 percent lower) and Columbus (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Welding Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Welding Engineer Salaries

Welding
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National Average
$72,000

Robotic Welding
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Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%
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