How Much Do Welders Make?

welder job descriptionWelders basically weld or join metal parts together. The skill required is very similar across industries, making it less difficult for these occupations to transfer from one field to another.

The most common employment for welders is in the field of manufacturing, such as the automobile industry and other production facilities that require the joining of metal objects together.

On the job training, technical school, and a high school diploma are the requirements to become a welder whose work is mostly full time.

Welders are also exposed to a few risks in the workplace and they have one of the highest rates of injuries among all occupations.

Welder Salary

How much do welders make? The average welder salary is $41,380 per year, or $19.89 per hour.. The lower 10% earns an average of $28,560 and the upper 10% earns an average of $63,740.welder salary

A welder starting salary depends on a lot of factors such as the industry he’s working in, his skills, and his experience.

Those who are trained in the latest technologies usually earn more and have better job opportunities. Those who work longer hours, during evenings and holidays also earn more than the average.

Top 5 Paying States

Flag
State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alaska Flag
Alaska
2.16
$34.57
$71,910
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
0.80
$28.42
$59,120
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
8.63
$25.47
$52,980
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
6.77
$24.19
$50,310
Delaware flag
Delaware
1.143
$22.99
$47,820

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Electric Power Generation – Transmission and Distribution
0.29
$33.23
$69,120
Natural Gas Distribution
0.81
$32.90
$68,420
Transportation of Crude Oil
0.40
$29.80
$61,980
Postal Service
0.01
$27.88
$57,990
Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
0.04
$27.88
$57,990

Welder Job Description

what do welders doWhat do welders do? A welder’s job involves heating metals, melting them, and fusing them together to create a single shape. They fill holes, repair indentations, and join metal objects with the use of hand-held heating equipment.

The work environment of a welder involves working in outdoor spaces, and indoor spaces that are confined. Some welders work on a scaffold, high off the ground.

A welder’s specific duties involve studying blueprints, specs, and sketches; calculating dimensions to be welded; inspecting materials to be welded; igniting heating equipment; monitoring the welding process to prevent overheating; and maintaining equipment.

Most welders work in the manufacturing industry where 61% of all welders were employed in 2016. 

Since the skills of a welder are similar across many industries, they have the ability to jump from one field of work to another. For example, a welder who gets laid off from an automobile manufacturing industry can still work in another field such as construction.

The industries that use welders the most are shipbuilding, automotive manufacturing and repair, construction of buildings, houses, and bridges, and thousands of other industries. This means that a welder has lot of industries to find employment into.

Welders, however, are more prone to injuries than the average occupation. They are often exposed to a number of hazards such as exposure to direct heat where a single mistake can lead to disastrous results. They’re also exposed to intense light that pose a risk for extreme health consequences if they are not careful.

Due to these dangers, welders must wear a number of protective gear when they work.

Among these are heat-resistant gloves, goggles, masks, and other important equipment and gear to protect them from burns and eye injuries, as well as from falling objects when working at a construction site.

Most welders work full time. Most construction firms have 24/7 operations and they have 2 to 3 8-12-hour shifts, including weekends, overnight, and holidays when the needs arise.

Welder Job Outlook

The projected increase in welder employment from 2016 to 2026 is 6%, which is average. About 22,500 jobs are expected to be created during these years.

Employment growth is seen to be caused by the needs of manufacturing facilities, as well as the construction of new infrastructures such as bridges and buildings.

Repair and maintenance of aging structures are also seen to provide more employment for welders.

Future construction of new power generation facilities will also provide job opportunities.

Those who have the most experience and those who are trained in the latest modern technologies are also seen to have the most job prospects in the future.

Welders who are willing to relocate and work in different locations will also be more preferred by manufacturing and construction firms.

Welder Salary by State

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
4.755
$17.67
$36,740
Alaska Flag
Alaska
2.16
$34.57
$71,910
Arizona Flag
Arizona
1.539
$18.54
$38,560
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
3.712
$17.21
$35,790
California Flag
California
1.655
$20.45
$42,540
Colorado flag
Colorado
2.116
$20.96
$43,600
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
1.174
$20.82
$43,310
Delaware flag
Delaware
1.143
$22.99
$47,820
Florida Flag
Florida
1.579
$17.99
$37,410
Georgia Flag
Georgia
2.225
$17.05
$35,460
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
0.796
$28.42
$59,120
Idaho Flag
Idaho
3.642
$16.92
$35,200
Illinois Flag
Illinois
2.488
$18.13
$37,710
Indiana Flag
Indiana
4.558
$17.91
$37,250
Iowa Flag
Iowa
5.746
$17.36
$36,110
Kansas Flag
Kansas
4.434
$17.80
$37,020
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
3.647
$17.88
$37,180
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
8.67
$21.08
$43,840
Maine Flag
Maine
3.081
$22.16
$46,080
Maryland Flag
Maryland
0.976
$22.18
$46,140
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
0.961
$22.00
$45,760
Michigan Flag
Michigan
3.037
$17.70
$36,820
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
3.144
$19.52
$40,600
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
5.726
$19.91
$41,420
Missouri Flag
Missouri
2.561
$18.54
$38,570
Montana Flag
Montana
2.968
$18.72
$38,940
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
4.295
$17.29
$35,960
Nevada Flag
Nevada
1.339
$21.28
$44,260
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
1.701
$20.19
$42,000
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
0.93
$21.97
$45,710
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
2.777
$22.48
$46,770
New York Flag
New York
0.958
$19.98
$41,550
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
1.999
$18.50
$38,470
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
6.772
$24.19
$50,310
Ohio Flag
Ohio
2.991
$18.15
$37,750
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
6.682
$18.64
$38,780
Oregon Flag
Oregon
2.854
$19.41
$40,370
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
3.077
$18.93
$39,370
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
2.617
$20.46
$42,560
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
3.144
$18.19
$37,840
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
7.271
$16.09
$33,470
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
2.378
$18.01
$37,470
Texas Flag
Texas
4.643
$19.66
$40,900
Utah Flag
Utah
3.718
$19.44
$40,430
Vermont Flag
Vermont
1.302
$17.25
$35,870
Virginia Flag
Virginia
2.22
$20.22
$42,050
Washington Flag
Washington
2.209
$22.15
$46,060
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
3.598
$21.52
$44,750
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
4.966
$18.89
$39,290
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
8.636
$25.47
$52,980

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Anchorage, AK
1.35
$34.15
$71,030
Honolulu, HI
0.90
$29.59
$61,550
Peabody – MA, NECTA Division
0.53
$29.20
$60,740
Fairbanks, AK
2.04
$28.14
$58,520
Charleston, WV
2.83
$27.77
$57,770

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Railbelt – Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area
4.70
$36.14
$75,180
Southeast Alaska – nonmetropolitan area
8.98
$35.22
$73,260
Southeastern Wyoming – nonmetropolitan area
5.02
$31.96
$66,480
Far Western North Dakota – nonmetropolitan area
7.54
$31.53
$65,580
North and West Central – New Mexico – nonmetropolitan area
1.89
$29.90
$62,180

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