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.
|Salary||$20,347 - $84,000|
|Bonus||$283 - $7,023|
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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).)
|$25,183 - $51,957|
|Hourly Rate||$11.50 - $20.44|
|Overtime||$15.99 - $30.69|
|Bonus||$283 - $7,023|
|Total Pay (||$25,183 - $51,957|
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.Read More...
Because MIG welding is offered in many high school curricula, many individuals learn the trade as part of their optional course of study. However, some MIG welders receive their training at vocational or technical schools, wherein they receive a welding diploma that may qualify them to perform other types of industry-specific welding, such as fabrication welding or pipe fitting. MIG welders must be in above-average physical shape to meet the often-strenuous working conditions that accompany the job. For example, many MIG welders work in confined spaces, such as tunnels, and on high-rise platforms. MIG welders must also be able to perform basic mathematical computations and read blueprints to determine where the precise locations of their welds are to be performed.
MIG welders generally work as part of a welding team comprised of multiple welders working on one particular project; however, some MIG welders work independently. Once a job is completed, MIG welders often move to other job sites to begin new projects under the direction of their company's supervisor. While most MIG welders work as employees or contract laborers, some start their own companies and hire and manage other MIG welders to complete contracted tasks. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
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.
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