Average Welder with Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Skills Hourly Pay

$17.74
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$1,002
Bonus
$1,300
Commission
$1,100
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The average hourly pay for a Welder with Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) skills is $17.74.
10%
$13.09
MEDIAN
$17.74
90%
$25.41
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $25
Bonus
$196 - $4,991
Profit Sharing
$196 - $7,149
Commission
$0 - $1,300
Total Pay
$28,539 - $64,173

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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 Huntington Ingalls Industries, Trinity Inc and FreightCar America. Reported salaries are highest at Huntington Ingalls Industries where the average pay is $25.83. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Electric Co (GE) and Caterpillar, Inc., earning around $25.00 and $22.77, respectively. Newport News Shipbuilding pays the lowest at around $17.82. Trinity Inc and FreightCar America also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $18.43 and $18.67, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Welder

Skills in Welding, Blueprints and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding 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 $14.94 based on 62 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.29 based on 875 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.34 based on 545 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.68 based on 551 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 Seattle, Washington earn an average of 25.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Newport News, Virginia (18.4% more) and Houston, Texas (13.5% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,426 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.6%
Early Career
36.1%
Mid Career
22.5%
Experienced
22.7%
Late Career
16.2%