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 $38,464. Salaries typically start from $22,971 and go up to $59,039.

Average Welder Hourly Wage in the United States

Welders earn an average hourly wage of $18.49. Hourly wages typically start from $11.04 and go up to $28.38.

Source: Sokanu (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: Sokanu user data. View more Welder demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.2
SCORE
507
RATINGS
Welders average a score of 3.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Welders in the 69th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Welder Earnings by Seniority

Top End Welder Earnings

The highest earning Welders in the United States earn:

$28.38
an hour
$59,039.0
per year
Senior Welder Earnings

Senior Welders in the United States earn:

$22.08
an hour
$45,935.4
per year
Experienced Welder Earnings

Experienced Welders in the United States earn:

$16.94
an hour
$35,228.4
per year
Junior Welder Earnings

Junior Welders in the United States earn:

$13.92
an hour
$28,949.4
per year
Starting Welder Earnings

Starting Welders in the United States earn:

$11.04
an hour
$22,970.5
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Welder Salary Comparison

Welders earn more than 38% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Precious Metal Worker Salary $42k
Sheet Metal Worker Salary $39k
Quality Control Inspector Salary $39k
Chemical Technician Salary $39k
Drill Press Operator Salary $38k
Welder Salary $38k
Logging Worker Salary $38k
Log Grader Salary $38k
Machinist Salary $38k
Metal Caster Salary $37k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Welder salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Welder Salary in Alaska $34.11 $70,940 # 1
Welder Salary in District of Columbia $28.63 $59,560 # 2
Welder Salary in Hawaii $27.97 $58,170 # 3
Welder Salary in Wyoming $27.59 $57,380 # 4
Welder Salary in North Dakota $25.10 $52,210 # 5
Welder Salary in New Mexico $24.45 $50,850 # 6
Welder Salary in Delaware $23.87 $49,640 # 7
Welder Salary in Nevada $23.28 $48,420 # 8
Welder Salary in Massachusetts $23.18 $48,210 # 9
Welder Salary in Washington $23.15 $48,160 # 10
Welder Salary in Louisiana $22.99 $47,810 # 11
Welder Salary in New Jersey $22.75 $47,310 # 12
Welder Salary in Maryland $22.31 $46,410 # 13
Welder Salary in Maine $22.30 $46,390 # 14
Welder Salary in New York $22.26 $46,300 # 15
Welder Salary in Connecticut $22.19 $46,150 # 16
Welder Salary in Colorado $22.03 $45,830 # 17
Welder Salary in New Hampshire $21.90 $45,560 # 18
Welder Salary in Virginia $21.85 $45,440 # 19
Welder Salary in Utah $21.52 $44,760 # 20
Welder Salary in Oklahoma $21.17 $44,040 # 21
Welder Salary in West Virginia $21.00 $43,690 # 22
Welder Salary in Mississippi $20.96 $43,600 # 23
Welder Salary in Virgin Islands $20.81 $43,290 # 24
Welder Salary in Oregon $20.66 $42,970 # 25
Welder Salary in Minnesota $20.61 $42,870 # 26
Welder Salary in California $20.45 $42,540.1 # 27
Welder Salary in Rhode Island $20.39 $42,410 # 28
Welder Salary in Arizona $20.35 $42,330 # 29
Welder Salary in Kansas $20.30 $42,220 # 30
Welder Salary in Texas $20.27 $42,151.9 # 31
Welder Salary in Pennsylvania $20.26 $42,150 # 32
Welder Salary in South Carolina $20.22 $42,060 # 33
Welder Salary in Wisconsin $20.15 $41,910 # 34
Welder Salary in Montana $19.82 $41,230 # 35
Welder Salary in North Carolina $19.31 $40,160 # 36
Welder Salary in Illinois $19.13 $39,790 # 37
Welder Salary in Kentucky $19.01 $39,540 # 38
Welder Salary in Alabama $18.83 $39,170 # 39
Welder Salary in Ohio $18.79 $39,088.1 # 40
Welder Salary in Tennessee $18.64 $38,770 # 41
Welder Salary in Nebraska $18.56 $38,610 # 42
Welder Salary in United States $18.49 $38,464.0 # 43
Welder Salary in Michigan $18.46 $38,400 # 44
Welder Salary in Missouri $18.42 $38,310 # 45
Welder Salary in Indiana $18.31 $38,080 # 46
Welder Salary in Vermont $18.06 $37,560 # 47
Welder Salary in Arkansas $18.03 $37,510 # 48
Welder Salary in Iowa $17.88 $37,190 # 49
Welder Salary in Florida $17.82 $37,060 # 50
Welder Salary in Guam $17.63 $36,670 # 51
Welder Salary in Georgia $17.52 $36,450 # 52
Welder Salary in Idaho $17.47 $36,340 # 53
Welder Salary in South Dakota $17.33 $36,040 # 54
Welder Salary in Puerto Rico $11.59 $24,110 # 55