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

$18.35
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$1,500
Bonus
$1,017
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The average hourly pay for a Mid-Career Welder with Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) skills is $18.35.
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$14.19
MEDIAN
$18.35
90%
$25.92
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Hourly Rate
$14 - $26
Bonus
$390 - $5,059
Profit Sharing
$400 - $3,250
Total Pay
$30,707 - $65,047

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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.

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Popular Skills for Welder

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.

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 914 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 Newport News, Virginia earn an average of 45.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (33.0% more) and San Diego, California (9.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (17.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,920 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.2%
Early Career
47.6%
Experienced
28.7%
Late Career
20.5%