What am I worth?
What your skills are worth in the market is constantly changing.
Get your pay report
How should I pay?
When you get pay right, you attract and retain the best talent.
Price a job

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

$17.82
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$990
Bonus
$1,950
Commission
$1,176
Profit Sharing
What am I worth?
Get pay report
How should I pay?
Price a job
The average hourly pay for a Welder with Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding skills is $17.82.
10%
$13.50
MEDIAN
$17.82
90%
$25.05
Is Welder your job title? Find out what you should be paid
Use our tool to get a personalized report on your market worth.What's this?
United States (change)
How it works:
1
Enter city & years of experience
2
Add pay factors like skills & education
3
Find your market worth with a report tailored to you
Hourly Rate
$14 - $25
Bonus
$193 - $4,174
Profit Sharing
$314 - $5,139
Commission
$0 - $4,069
Total Pay
$29,153 - $58,333
Find your market worth – how it works:
Tell us about your job and pay factors like skills and educationTell us about your job and pay factors like skills and education
Find your market worth with a report tailored to youFind your market worth with a report tailored to you
Negotiate your pay with confidenceNegotiate your pay with confidence

What Do Welders Do?

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., Huntington Ingalls Industries and Waste Management, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at General Electric Co (GE) where the average pay is $25.14. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Huntington Ingalls Industries and Caterpillar, Inc., earning around $24.21 and $20.52, respectively. Great Dane Trailers LLC pays the lowest at around $15.80. Trinity Inc and Waste Management, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.38 and $17.46, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Welder. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Welder
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

Welder Job Listings

Search for more jobs
Search

What Are Popular Skills for Welders?

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.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Welders?

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 $15.25 based on 140 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.62 based on 2,120 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.27 based on 1,286 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.71 based on 1,094 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $22.
Employees with Welder in their job title in Minneapolis, Minnesota earn an average of 12.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (11.7% more) and Houston, Texas (5.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cincinnati, Ohio (4.6% less), Atlanta, Georgia (0.9% less) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (0.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 5,402 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.6%
Early Career
39.2%
Mid Career
23.8%
Experienced
20.3%
Late Career
14.1%