Average Welder Hourly Pay

$18.16
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,006
Bonus
$1,350
Commission
$1,242
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The average hourly pay for a Welder is $18.16.
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$13.53
MEDIAN
$18.16
90%
$26.16
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Hourly Rate
$14 - $26
Bonus
$192 - $4,937
Profit Sharing
$303 - $5,817
Commission
$0 - $59,598
Total Pay
$29,148 - $62,439
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What Do Welders Do?

Welder Tasks
  • Cut or join together metal pieces using manual or semi-automatic welding machines.
  • Safely set up and operate welding machines and other shop equipment.
  • Follow blueprints to arrange metal pieces and temporarily fix them into position before welding.

Job Satisfaction for Welder

3.6 out of 5
(2,109)
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189Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Welder are from the companies Caterpillar, Inc., General Electric Co (GE) and Huntington Ingalls Industries. Reported salaries are highest at Huntington Ingalls Industries where the average pay is $25.33. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Electric Co (GE) and Caterpillar, Inc., earning around $22.65 and $20.52, respectively. Lippert Components Inc. pays the lowest at around $15.00. Great Dane Trailers LLC and Waste Management, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $15.73 and $17.22, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Welders?

Skills in Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Blueprints, Manufacturing Fabrication, Welding and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Welders?

An entry-level Welder with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.32 based on 384 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.89 based on 4,302 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.73 based on 2,553 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.07 based on 2,278 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $22.
Employees with Welder in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 23.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (17.6% more) and Los Angeles, California (13.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (4.2% less) and Cincinnati, Ohio (1.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 11,127 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.5%
Early Career
38.7%
Mid Career
22.9%
Experienced
20.5%
Late Career
14.5%