Average Welder Hourly Pay

$17.78
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,023
Bonus
$1,800
Commission
$1,453
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Welder is $17.78.
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$12.97
10%
$17.78
50%
$25.88
90%
90%
MEDIAN $17.78
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $26
Bonus
$200 - $4,960
Profit Sharing
$303 - $6,362
Commission
$0 - $19,653
Total Pay
$28,212 - $63,420

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Job Description for Welder

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.
The top respondents for the job title Welder are from the companies Caterpillar, Inc., General Electric Co (GE) and Trinity Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Huntington Ingalls Industries where the average pay is $25.32. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Electric Co (GE) and Caterpillar, Inc., earning around $21.95 and $19.87, respectively. Great Dane Trailers LLC pays the lowest at around $15.73. Eaton Corporation and Trinity Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $16.89 and $17.61, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Welder. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Welder
Combo Welder
Welding Inspector (Certified)
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Welder

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

Pay by Experience Level for Welder

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 $14.98 based on 444 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.34 based on 4,948 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.34 based on 2,874 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.73 based on 2,763 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $21.
Employees with Welder in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 30.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (18.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (17.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (8.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 12,911 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.4%
Early Career
38.3%
Mid Career
22.3%
Experienced
21.4%
Late Career
14.6%