The average hourly pay for a Welder with Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) skills is $18.38.
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Job Description for Welder
A welder fuses materials, such as steel and aluminum, together to create mechanisms or to fix things that are broken. Some jobs require past experience, while others offer on the job training for entry-level welders. Manual dexterity and the ability to use hand and power tools is needed. Attention to detail is also important to make sure that the job is done right. Mathematical skills are important to carry out calculations and measurements, so that the alignment and dimensions of items being we…Read more
- 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Welder
The top respondents for the job title Welder are from the companies Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding and General Electric Co (GE). Reported salaries are highest at Huntington Ingalls Industries where the average pay is $26.24. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Electric Co (GE) and Caterpillar, Inc., earning around $24.57 and $24.29, 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 $20.62, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Welder
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Skills that pay less than market rate include Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding, Blueprints, Manufacturing Fabrication, Welding and 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 $15.45 based on 71 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.88 based on 934 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.11 based on 582 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.46 based on 506 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $21.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Welder in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 23.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (22.0% more) and Houston, Texas (21.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (4.8% less).
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