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  • $37,989
  • 404,800
  • 3.2
  • 5.6%
  • Welding
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How much does a Welder make in the United States?

Average Welder Yearly Salary in the United States

Welders earn an average yearly salary of $37,990. Salaries typically start from $21,938 and go up to $62,443.

Average Welder Hourly Wage in the United States

Welders earn an average hourly wage of $18.26. Hourly wages typically start from $10.55 and go up to $30.02.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Welders who keep up to date on the latest technology are in high demand with employers. The American Welding Society provides certification for welders, which can also improve employment prospects. It is interesting to note that welding skills are highly transferable, so a welder can move from one area or one employer to another in pursuit of a better salary or a more suitable place of employment. Two of the highest paying employers are electrical and gas utilities, at $61,110 and $59,620 respectively. Most employers are in the construction and manufacturing sectors, where pay averages between $35,000 and $37,000.

Welders in the same state can take home vastly different paycheques depending on their particular skill set. Industry booms often account for large wage discrepancies. For example, the recent boom in domestic energy production has increased the demand for welders to build, maintain and repair rigs or pipelines in states like Texas and North Dakota. In North Dakota, welders in the top earning bracket make about $39 per hour, yet the median wage hovers around $21 per hour.

The following list, compiled by Economic Modeling Services International, shows the ten U.S. states that offer the highest wages for welders (2014):

Alaska - $33.97 Median / $43.83 Top 10%
Hawaii - $31.10 Median / $39.75 Top 10%
North Dakota - $20.68 Median / $39.05 Top 10%
West Virginia - $18.21 Median / $37.88 Top 10%
Wyoming - $22.18 Median / $35.23 Top 10%
Nevada - $17.73 Median / $34.38 Top 10%
New Mexico - $19.10 Median / $33.99 Top 10%
Maryland - $20.51 Median / $33.55 Top 10%
California - $18.54 Median / $31.56 Top 10%
Delaware - $21.74 Median / $31.32 Top 10%

Employment Type Mix

82%
Full-Time
18%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Welder demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.2
SCORE
747
RATINGS
Welders average a score of 3.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Welders in the 67th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Welder satisfaction

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Welder Earnings by Seniority

Top End Welder Earnings

The highest earning Welders in the United States earn:

$30.02
an hour
$62,443.4
per year
Senior Welder Earnings

Senior Welders in the United States earn:

$22.02
an hour
$45,791.3
per year
Experienced Welder Earnings

Experienced Welders in the United States earn:

$16.37
an hour
$34,051.2
per year
Junior Welder Earnings

Junior Welders in the United States earn:

$13.42
an hour
$27,908.9
per year
Starting Welder Earnings

Starting Welders in the United States earn:

$10.55
an hour
$21,937.9
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Welder Salary Comparison

Welders earn more than 30% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Metal Caster Salary $39k
Sheet Metal Worker Salary $39k
Quality Control Inspector Salary $39k
Log Grader Salary $38k
Chemical Technician Salary $38k
Welder Salary $37k
Machinist Salary $37k
Quarry Rock Splitter Salary $36k
Machine Assembler Salary $34k
Molding and Casting Worker Salary $33k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Welder salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Welder Salary in United States $18.26 $37,989.7 # 1
Welder Salary in Texas $17.67 $36,751.8 # 2
Welder Salary in Ohio $16.92 $35,184.3 # 3
Welder Salary in California $15.56 $32,370.7 # 4

Career Attributes

  • $37,989
  • 404,800
  • 3.2
  • 5.6%
  • Welding
More Attributes