Average Early-Career Welder with Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Skills Hourly Pay

$16.37
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$676
Bonus
$1,300
Commission
$1,300
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The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Welder with Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) skills is $16.37.
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$12.49
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$16.37
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$21.60
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $22
Bonus
$192 - $4,085
Profit Sharing
$103 - $29,087
Commission
$0 - $1,300
Total Pay
$27,011 - $53,112
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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.

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Popular Skills for Welder

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 entry-level Welder with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.96 based on 51 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.33 based on 473 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.80 based on 448 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
Employees with Welder in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 13.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Portland, Oregon (11.3% more) and Sacramento, California (10.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (8.4% less), Tucson, Arizona (6.8% less) and Fort Worth, Texas (4.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,281 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.0%
Mid Career
36.9%
Experienced
35.0%
Late Career
24.1%