$40,523
Avg. Salary
$15.58
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$984

Bonus

$1,017

Profit Sharing

$1,100

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Mig Welder is $15.58 per hour.

The average pay for a Mig Welder is $40,523 per year.

10%
$11.75
10%
$15.58
50%
$20.65
90%
90%
MEDIAN $15.58
10%
$21k
10%
$41k
50%
$73k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $40,523
$21,046 - $72,877
$21K
$41K
$73K
MEDIAN: $40,523
10%
50%
90%

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$11.75 - $20.65
$12
$16
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MEDIAN: $15.58
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$0$72K
Salary $21,046 - $72,877
Bonus $201 - $5,564
Profit Sharing $230 - $3,959
Commission $1,100
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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$25,583 - $51,653
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 46
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $11.75 - $20.65
Hourly Tips $0.13
Overtime $15.40 - $30.64
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $201 - $5,564
Commission $1,100
Profit Sharing $230 - $3,959
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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$25,583 - $51,653
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,074

Job Description

MIG welders are physical laborers that use a particular type of weld, known as a metal inert gas (MIG) weld, to permanently attach two substances together. Mig welders work in a wide variety of industries, including the oil and gas industry, aerospace engineering, manufacturing, and automotive engineering.

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Mig Welder Tasks
  • Follow blueprints to arrange metal pieces and temporarily fix them into position before welding.
  • Measure and cut metal pieces to blueprint specifications.
  • Join together metal pieces with welding machines that use the MIG process.
  • Safely set up and operate welding machines and other shop equipment.

Common Career Paths


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At the upper end, Mig Welders who move into a Welding Supervisor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Welding Supervisors is a much higher $50K per year. A common career progression for a Mig Welder is to become a Welder or a Structural Metal Fabricator. Compared to Mig Welders, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Skills


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Aluminum Welding, Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Plasma Cutting, Fabrication, and Grinding Tools. For most people, competency in Metal Inert Gas Welding indicates knowledge of Manufacturing Fabrication.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Mig Welder has a positive trend. An entry-level Mig Welder with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 380 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mig Welder with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Mig Welder which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 155 salaries. A Mig Welder with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 70 salaries.

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mig Welder?

Mig Welder in Dover:
"It’s ok for a job."
Pros: Overtime being optional
Cons: There transparency towards there employees

Mig Welder in Charleston:
"I feel like you thrown out to either sink or swim lack of communication and advising people."
Pros: Rewarding building buildings and figuring out the design problems
Cons: The employee turn over rate

Mig Welder in Sugar Hill:
Pros: Good lunch spots. Commute is opposite of traffic.
Cons: Far from home.

Mig Welder in Lincoln:
"That it was not possible to advance."
Get a certified degree in a technical field.

Mig Welder in Louisville:
"Harder to do as you get older."
Light aluminum... Very easy to maneuver.

Mig Welder in Roxboro:
Pros: The good is the people that I work with.
Cons: Mainly they want give anyone raises.

Mig Welder in Cortland:
"No future or money here!"
Take care of your body, and insist on being paid as much as possible.

Related Job Salaries

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 207 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲9%

▲3%

▲2%

National Average
$35,000

▼8%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Aluminum Welding
▲8%



▲1%



Welding
▼0%

National Average
$35,000


Grinding Tools
▼6%

Fabrication
▼10%

Plasma Cutting
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 32%