$44,467
Avg. Salary
$17.56
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,023

Profit Sharing

$1,448

Commission

$1,200

The average pay for a Welder is $17.56 per hour.

The average pay for a Welder is $44,467 per year.

$13
10%
$18
50%
$26
90%
MEDIAN $18
$25k
10%
$44k
50%
$87k
90%
MEDIAN $44,467
$24,981 - $86,583
$25K
$44K
$87K
MEDIAN: $44,467
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90%

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$12.68 - $25.61
$13
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MEDIAN: $17.56
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$0$86K
Salary $24,981 - $86,583
Bonus $197 - $4,964
Profit Sharing $255 - $6,851
Commission $0.00 - $59,180
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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$27,475 - $63,716
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,205
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.68 - $25.61
Hourly Tips $0.07 - $8.56
Overtime $18.06 - $38.40
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $197 - $4,964
Commission $0.00 - $59,180
Profit Sharing $255 - $6,851
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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$27,475 - $63,716
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 11,819

Job Description for Welder

A welder fuses materials, such as steel and aluminum, together to create mechanisms or to fix things that are broken. Some jobs require past experience, while others offer on the job training for entry-level welders. Manual dexterity and the ability to use hand and power tools is needed. Attention to detail is also important to make sure that the job is done right. Mathematical skills are important to carry out calculations and measurements, so that the alignment and dimensions of items being welded are done properly. Various welding equipment, will be used, such as stick welders and cutting torches. In some jobs, the ability to use CAD software is essential. It is also often a requirement to be able to read sketches and blueprints. Much of the work is done independently, so it is important to be self-motivated. This job can be physically strenuous, and the work environment can sometimes be loud and uncomfortable.

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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.

Welder Pay By Employer

$0$68K

Trinity Inc
24 profiles
$36,639

$39,810

$45,786

$52,800

$32,906

Tenneco Inc
15 profiles
$38,405

$37,914

$38,581

Gunderson, Inc.
10 profiles
$37,321

$36,584

Common Career Paths for Welder


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Welders may progress into high-paying roles like Certified Welding Inspector, where median compensation is $59K annually. Becoming a Structural Metal Fabricator or a Welding Supervisor is often the next step for a Welder.

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Popular Skills for Welder


Welders seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Robotic Welding, Pipe Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Tungsten Inert Gas Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Metal Inert Gas Welding. Most people skilled in Metal Inert Gas Welding are similarly competent in Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding, and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW).

Pay by Experience Level for Welder

Pay by Experience for a Welder has a positive trend. An entry-level Welder with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 6,294 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Welder with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 3,668 salaries. An experienced Welder which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 3,234 salaries. A Welder with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,734 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,009

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Welders, 38 percent above the national average. Welders will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+36 percent), Fort Worth (+17 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Minneapolis (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Employers in Indianapolis and Jacksonville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Welder Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Welder?

Welder in Elkhart:
Pros: The finished product and in depth skill required to produce a safe quality chassis.
Cons:

Welder in Jacksonville:
"Excellent place to work."

Welder in Kenosha:
"No insurance."
Do the job right the first time.

Welder in Midland:
"Get Certified."
For the sake of your health do not become a welder.

Welder in Lafayette:
"Allows creativity and growth."
Learn as much about welding and procedures as possible.

Welder in Conway:
"Atend a trade school."
Go to a school that teaches welding in all fields.

Welder in Lexington:
"Fisher should pay fair wages."
Talk to other people. See what the average pay is.

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Key Stats for Welder

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1944 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Welder Salaries

▲19%

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$40,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Welder Salaries


▲11%




▲3%


▲1%

▲1%


▲1%

Manufacturing Fabrication
▼0%

Plasma Cutting
▼0%

National Average
$40,000


▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1944 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 29%