Pipe Welder Salary

A sizeable majority of Pipe Welders in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $23.32 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Pipe Welders claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,690 - $118,155
$34K
$57K
$120K
MEDIAN: $56,846
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50%
90%

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$16.35 - $38.75
$16
$23
$39
MEDIAN: $23.32
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$0$118K
Salary $33,690 - $118,155
Bonus $200 - $11,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,535
Commission $2,250
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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$35,843 - $104,817
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 187
Hourly Data $0$57
Hourly Rate $16.35 - $38.75
Hourly Tips $10.21
Overtime $21.94 - $57.89
Annual Data $0$104K
Bonus $200 - $11,500
Commission $2,250
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,535
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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$35,843 - $104,817
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,095

Job Description for Pipe Welder

Pipe welders have a physically intensive job in which they perform a variety of tasks, including assembling, installing and maintaining pipes for various processing systems; moving and handling objects; and communicating with colleagues on work-related tasks. They are also responsible for inspecting and repairing equipment, organizing and planning work activities, and operating vehicles, machinery, and equipment. Additionally, pipe welders may be responsible for training colleagues, and they must document any work they have performed.

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Pipe Welder Tasks

  • Arrange pipes according to blueprint and weld them together using manual or semi-automatic welding machines.
  • Follow safety procedures when operating equipment.
  • Install pipe hangers, valves, support structures, and other elements of pipe systems.
  • Select pipes of the proper type, size, and material for project, cut them to the correct length.

Common Career Paths for Pipe Welder


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As Pipe Welders make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Certified Welding Inspector position pays around the same amount as the Pipe Welder job on average.

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Popular Skills for Pipe Welder


Pipe Welders generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pipe Fitting, Pipe welder, and Metal Inert Gas Welding. Those proficient in Shielded Metal Arc Welding are, more often than not, also skilled in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Pipe Welder

Pay by Experience for a Pipe Welder has a positive trend. An entry-level Pipe Welder with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 352 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pipe Welder with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 244 salaries. An experienced Pipe Welder which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 216 salaries. A Pipe Welder with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 132 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

14%

3%

-4%

-10%

-12%

-22%

National Average: $54,095

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Pipe Welders, Fargo provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Pipe Welders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Augusta (+20 percent), Birmingham (+19 percent), Austin (+14 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Norfolk and Denver earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 13 percent.

Pipe Welder Reviews

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

Pipe Welder in Fargo:
Pros: Working with my hands.
Cons: The politics, working conditions, stress, and lazy people.

Pipe Welder in Midland:
Pros:
Cons: Training is horrible. And they expect you when you are new to know the job. Throw you too the wolves type of training. Very few guys who want too teach and train you.

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Key Stats for Pipe Welder

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Pipe Welder Salaries

▲15%

▲12%

▲8%

National Average
$54,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Pipe Welder Salaries



▲2%

Pipe Welding
▼0%

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
▼0%

National Average
$54,000


Pipe welder
▼8%

Pipe Fitting
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 26%