Mig Welder Salary

Men make up the majority of Mig Welders in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.18 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,347 - $84,000
$20K
$42K
$84K
MEDIAN: $42,383
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50%
90%

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$11.50 - $20.44
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.31
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$0$84K
Salary $20,347 - $84,000
Bonus $283 - $7,023
Profit Sharing $1,201
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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$25,183 - $51,957
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 29
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $11.50 - $20.44
Hourly Tips $0.48
Overtime $15.99 - $30.69
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $283 - $7,023
Profit Sharing $1,201
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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$25,183 - $51,957
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 585

Job Description for Mig Welder

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 for Mig Welder


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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 for Mig Welder


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 for Mig Welder

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.

Mig Welder Reviews

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

Mig Welder in Mitchell Indiana:
"Hard dangerous work can cause blindness cancer don't make en."
Pros: Learning a new skill I like building things.
Cons: The pay the fact that I get burnt on a daily basis that I could go blind or get chance.

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

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Key Stats for Mig Welder

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Mig Welder Salaries

▲10%

▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$35,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Mig Welder Salaries

Aluminum Welding
▲9%



▲2%



Welding
▼0%

National Average
$35,000


Grinding Tools
▼5%

Fabrication
▼9%

Plasma Cutting
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 31%