Welding Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Welding Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $71K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Welding Engineers can bottom out near $52K or peak near $105K depending on individual performance. Career length 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 the greater part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,544 - $101,702
(Median)
$52K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,975
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$17.19 - $40.24
(Median)
$17
$25
$40
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,544 - $101,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,970  
Profit Sharing
$962 - $8,109  
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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$51,783 - $104,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.19 - $40.24  
   
Overtime
$24.08 - $69.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,970  
   
Profit Sharing
$962 - $8,109  
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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$51,783 - $104,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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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Typical Welding Engineers report a focused set of job 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Gas Metal Arc Welding and Manufacturing Process Engineering. Many workers who know Robotic Welding also know Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Welding Engineer

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


Welding Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $67K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $76K. Welding Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $78K. Welding Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $94K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Welding Engineers that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Welding Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+10 percent) and Detroit (+5 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (4 percent lower) and Columbus (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Welding Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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 62 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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