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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual pay for welders in 2021 was $48,290. But there are three different welding jobs that pay much more than the average welder’s salary. These jobs out earn many medical field salaries, even. Here are three of the highest paid welding jobs in the world and their descriptions.
Certified Welding Inspector
The position of certified welding inspector (CWI) is an opportunity for experienced welders to advance their career. As a certified welding inspector, you will be responsible for a range of quality control and safety-oriented duties. Often, certified welding inspectors have an unmatched knowledge of their employer's safety regulations and how these are adhered to onsite, review project documents to develop welding procedure specifications, and inspect welds for quality.
Not only are CWIs responsible for a project's quality, but more importantly, for public safety after the project is carried out. Bearing a position subject for safety and reliability, the earnings of CWIs reflect this importance. In 2021, PayScale reported that the average salary of CWIs was $70,459.
Industrial Pipe Welder
Industrial pipe welders work on a variety of different pipes. Gas, chemical, water, and power generators are the major ones. These pipes need constant maintenance to work properly and prevent any unnecessary accidents.
The big money for industrial pipe welders comes into play when you work overseas for large companies. Oil companies in the Middle East and “green” companies are growing fastest, and the paychecks reflect that. In 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that pipeline welders of crude oil earned an average of $87,900 per year, and pipeline welders of natural gas averaged $80,560 (bls.gov).
Your workplace is located on the ocean floor, so a love for water is a requirement for this branch of welding. Underwater welders take care of the pipes in oil drilling stations and make sure there are no leaks in projects under the water.
Due to the conditions underwater welders face, you must be in top physical condition as well as obtain top training and certification. In 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that underwater welders made an average of $92,290.
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To become a welder of any kind, you must have a high school diploma or GED, and you must have the appropriate amount of classroom time and paid on-the-job experience. Welders must be certified as well. To learn more about becoming a welder, fill out the form so a representative from one of our partner schools can contact you to answer any of your questions.
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