Average Welder with Plasma Cutting Skills Hourly Pay

$17.43
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,490
Bonus
$200
Commission
$1,513
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Welder with Plasma Cutting skills is $17.43.
10%
$12.88
MEDIAN
$17.43
90%
$24.90
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $25
Bonus
$348 - $5,002
Profit Sharing
$247 - $5,068
Commission
$0 - $200
Total Pay
$28,109 - $61,563

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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 Trinity Inc, Caterpillar, Inc. and FreightCar America. Reported salaries are highest at Caterpillar, Inc. where the average pay is $19.32. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Trinity Inc, earning around $18.62. Republic Services Inc pays the lowest at around $16.45. Great Dane Trailers LLC also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $16.92.

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Popular Skills for Welder

Skills in Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, 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 $14.49 based on 38 salaries. An early career Welder with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.95 based on 779 salaries. A mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.06 based on 555 salaries. An experienced Welder with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.03 based on 490 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
Employees with Welder in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 28.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Fort Worth, Texas (24.0% more) and Seattle, Washington (23.4% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,165 survey responses.
Entry Level
1.8%
Early Career
36.0%
Mid Career
25.6%
Experienced
22.6%
Late Career
14.0%