Average Welder with Arc Welding Skills Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Welder with Arc Welding skills is $17.95.
MEDIAN $17.95
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $27
$101 - $4,958
Profit Sharing
$199 - $7,047
$0 - $1,300
Total Pay
$28,220 - $68,790

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Welder

The top respondents for the job title Welder are from the companies Trinity Inc, General Electric Co (GE) and Design Group. Reported salaries are highest at General Electric Co (GE) where the average pay is $25.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Trinity Inc, earning around $17.87. Republic Services Inc pays the lowest at around $16.85. Design Group also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.80.

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Combo Welder
Welding Inspector (Certified)
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Welder

Skills in Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Blueprints, 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 $15.05 based on 67 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.19 based on 685 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.48 based on 420 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.82 based on 522 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 New York, New York earn an average of 43.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (33.4% more) and Houston, Texas (18.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (13.0% less) and Indianapolis, Indiana (11.0% less).

Years of Experience

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