Average Entry-Level Welder Hourly Pay

$15.06
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$976
Bonus
$100
Commission
$1,429
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The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Welder is $15.06.
10%
$11.24
10%
$15.06
50%
$20.21
90%
90%
MEDIAN $15.06
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Hourly Rate
$11 - $20
Bonus
$99 - $3,548
Profit Sharing
$303 - $5,182
Commission
$0 - $100
Total Pay
$24,469 - $50,680

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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.

Career Paths

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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 Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding.

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 $16.41 based on 4,866 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.40 based on 2,843 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.80 based on 2,724 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 Newport News, Virginia earn an average of 17.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (7.0% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (6.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (12.2% less), Rochester, New York (6.3% less) and Richmond, Virginia (3.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 12,287 survey responses.
Early Career
39.6%
Mid Career
23.1%
Experienced
22.2%
Late Career
15.1%