Average Welder with Manufacturing Fabrication Skills Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Welder with Manufacturing Fabrication skills is $17.72.
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $25
$199 - $5,028
Profit Sharing
$393 - $6,000
$0 - $1,800
Total Pay
$28,820 - $60,357

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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 General Electric Co (GE), Trinity Inc and Caterpillar, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at General Electric Co (GE) where the average pay is $25.46. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include High Steel Structures Inc. and Caterpillar, Inc., earning around $19.65 and $19.61, respectively. Great Dane Trailers LLC pays the lowest at around $16.20. Eaton Corporation and Waste Management, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $16.51 and $16.78, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Welder

Skills in Welding, Blueprints, Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding and Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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 $15.00 based on 63 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.35 based on 1,532 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.03 based on 1,086 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.41 based on 1,018 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 17.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (17.5% more) and San Diego, California (16.7% more).

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