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Average Welder with Welding Skills Hourly Pay

$18.12
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$999
Bonus
$0
Commission
$1,376
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The average hourly pay for a Welder with Welding skills is $18.12.
10%
$13.46
MEDIAN
$18.12
90%
$25.98
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $26
Bonus
$127 - $4,963
Profit Sharing
$293 - $5,617
Total Pay
$29,073 - $62,768
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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, Trinity Inc and Caterpillar, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Huntington Ingalls Industries where the average pay is $25.98. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Electric Co (GE) and Caterpillar, Inc., earning around $22.65 and $20.58, respectively. Trinity Inc pays the lowest at around $17.10. Waste Management, Inc. and FreightCar America also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.46 and $17.75, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Welders?

Skills in Manufacturing Fabrication, Blueprints, Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding and Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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 $15.56 based on 163 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.94 based on 1,862 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.69 based on 1,063 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.04 based on 925 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 New York, New York earn an average of 29.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (19.2% more) and Seattle, Washington (15.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (5.0% less) and Chicago, Illinois (3.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 4,593 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.5%
Early Career
40.5%
Mid Career
23.1%
Experienced
20.1%
Late Career
12.6%