Average Early-Career Welder Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Welder is $16.41.
MEDIAN $16.41
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $23
$196 - $4,884
Profit Sharing
$299 - $5,098
$0 - $2,400
Total Pay
$26,579 - $54,669

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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 Trinity Inc, Great Dane Trailers LLC and Huntington Ingalls Industries. Reported salaries are highest at Huntington Ingalls Industries where the average pay is $25.01. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Gunderson, Inc. and Caterpillar, Inc., earning around $20.11 and $18.40, respectively. Great Dane Trailers LLC pays the lowest at around $16.08. Trinity Inc and FreightCar America also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $16.56 and $17.97, respectively.

Career Paths

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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 $15.06 based on 440 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.40 based on 2,856 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.80 based on 2,748 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 Minneapolis, Minnesota earn an average of 18.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Portland, Oregon (13.8% more) and San Diego, California (11.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (6.2% less) and Chicago, Illinois (5.5% less).

Years of Experience

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