The average hourly pay for a Welder with Machine Operation skills is $17.18.
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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 we…Read more
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Welder
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Skills in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding, Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, Blueprints and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average.
Pay by Experience Level for Welder
An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $16.49 based on 24 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.56 based on 15 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.74 based on 10 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
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