Welder Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Welders in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.52 per hour nationwide. Final cash compensation to Welders varies from around $27K to approximately $66K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $8K, respectively. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. Work is enjoyable for Welders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,757 - $89,818
$25K
$44K
$90K
MEDIAN: $44,290
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$12.76 - $25.65
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.57
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$0$89K
Salary $24,757 - $89,818
Bonus $205.91 - $5,009
Profit Sharing $200.00 - $8,000
Commission $1,200
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).
)
$27,586 - $65,853
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 710
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.76 - $25.65
Hourly Tips $0.07 - $9.25
Overtime $18.38 - $38.74
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $205.91 - $5,009
Commission $1,200
Profit Sharing $200.00 - $8,000
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).
)
$27,586 - $65,853
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,617

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.

Read More...

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.

Common Career Paths for Welder


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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.

Welder Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Welder


Dominating the field, Trinity Inc, General Electric Co (GE), Caterpillar, Inc., Huntington Ingalls Industries, and FreightCar America are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Welders. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Valmont Industries, Inc. offers the most; Welders earn $52K on average there. Welders can also look forward to large paychecks at General Dynamics Electric Boat ($51K), General Electric Co (GE) ($48K), and Huntington Ingalls Industries ($48K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Great Dane Trailers LLC ($38K), BAE Systems Inc. ($40K), and FreightCar America ($40K).

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 3,790 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 2,196 salaries. An experienced Welder which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,938 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 1,035 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,249

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 Hampstead:
"Ancient Art."
Pros: I really appreciate putting things together. I've always been intrigued with making things.
Cons: I dislike the working environment at times.

Welder in Franklin:
"Hot sweaty and long days."
Pros: Tig welding, I like working 2nd and being able to sot at work.
Cons: The managment is terrible, some of the other employees are annoying, and they underpay for what you do.

Welder in Richmond:
"I lost ve my job, Its managementthat makes job horrible."
Pros: I love running my welder and my co workers, it is awful management where I work.
Cons: Management,,,,,,supervisor, plant manager and HR ,,,they don't want to pay what they owe and will cheat you on your check every chance they get.

Welder in Amarillo:
"City Machine and Welding."
Pros: City Machine and Welding gives unique and helpful experience to employees. They offer consistent and reliable scheduling and operation. They take safety seriously and have a thorough hiring and review system.
Cons: City Machine and Welding has unique operations and products. This means many employees which enter are not experienced in their particular department area. City Machine hires a competent and learnable employee and pays them a "trainee" rate, since they are merely starting in the industry. However, the company trains the employee and gives them skills and responsibilities worth much more than a trainee's pay. Once the skills and duties have been developed and the employee functions at an experienced level, there is no increase in pay. The company continually adds to the training and value to the employee, yet the employee receives none of that increase in value. The company also neglects to ensure that proper equipment is available to tradesman to properly complete delicate processes (I.e. Proper welding equipment for stainless steel tube GTAW welding). This problem cannot be remedied by experienced tradesman offering solutions or alternatives.

Welder in Trumbull:
Pros: Learning something new everyday. Being kept busy. Offering my knowledge to bring the work environment up to current levels.
Cons: Unknowledgable engineers.

Welder in St. Louis:
"Jack of all trades."
Pros: I get to make my own blueprint to work off of, whatever I can dream up in my head to meet a task I can make. I'm much more than a welder here I do it all from engine rebuilds to carpentry.
Cons: Unfair wages in comparison to other employees and their amount of work they do each day if any at all, and the bosses allow it.

Welder in Bradenton:
"Hot."
Pros: Making stuff from scratch.
Cons: Work pace is way to fast.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Welder

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1138 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Welder Salaries

▲19%

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$40,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Welder Salaries

Robotic Welding
▲14%

▲9%




▲3%

▲2%

▲1%



▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
▼1%

Plasma Cutting
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1138 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 29%