Average Welder with Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding Skills Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Welder with Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding skills is $17.42.
MEDIAN $17.42
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $25
$202 - $4,966
Profit Sharing
$275 - $8,500
$0 - $12,000
Total Pay
$28,152 - $59,033

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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 Caterpillar, Inc., Trinity Inc and Huntington Ingalls Industries. Reported salaries are highest at General Electric Co (GE) where the average pay is $25.83. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Huntington Ingalls Industries and Caterpillar, Inc., earning around $23.50 and $19.83, respectively. Great Dane Trailers LLC pays the lowest at around $16.03. Waste Management, Inc. and Trinity Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.27 and $17.53, respectively.

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Combo Welder
Welding Inspector (Certified)
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Popular Skills for Welder

Skills in Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, Blueprints, Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding and Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW) 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 $14.80 based on 135 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.08 based on 2,371 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.89 based on 1,493 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.30 based on 1,316 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 16.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (14.0% more) and Tulsa, Oklahoma (6.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (5.3% less), Cincinnati, Ohio (1.7% less) and Elkhart, Indiana (0.9% less).

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