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Average Welder with Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Skills Hourly Pay

$18.59
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$983
Bonus
$750
Commission
$1,148
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The average hourly pay for a Welder with Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) skills is $18.59.
10%
$13.88
MEDIAN
$18.59
90%
$27.42
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Hourly Rate
$14 - $27
Bonus
$102 - $4,943
Profit Sharing
$511 - $4,894
Commission
$0 - $750
Total Pay
$30,065 - $66,078
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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 Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding and Trinity Inc. Reported salaries are highest at General Dynamics Electric Boat where the average pay is $26.49. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Electric Co (GE), earning around $26.38 and $24.99, respectively. National Oilwell Varco pays the lowest at around $18.22. Newport News Shipbuilding and Trinity Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $18.95 and $19.21, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Welders?

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.

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 $16.22 based on 59 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.50 based on 694 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.37 based on 420 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.47 based on 331 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 Seattle, Washington earn an average of 25.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Fort Worth, Texas (17.1% more) and San Diego, California (12.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Norfolk, Virginia (3.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,740 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.4%
Early Career
39.9%
Mid Career
24.1%
Experienced
19.0%
Late Career
13.6%