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How Much Money Do Welders Make?

This article contains information about welding salaries, and it includes average salary information, industries with top salaries, and different types of welding jobs and their pay in various locations across the U.S.

Welders' Salary On Average

The average annual pay for welders was $45,190 in 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov). The lowest 10% averaged $29,470 the same year, and the top 10% had an average pay of $64,240 (bls.gov).

Industries With Top Welding Salaries

The top industries for welders, plus the average pay in that industry, are as follows:

  • Scheduled air transportation - $89,110*
  • Natural gas distribution - $80,620*
  • Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution - $78,260*
  • Petroleum and coal products manufacturing - $65,900*

*industries and average pay, bls.gov

Pay for welders often varies with the worker’s experience and skill level. It may also vary by the industry chosen or the location and the size of the company.

Different Welding Jobs With Their Pay

We researched some of the top job posting boards and found some real examples of welding jobs with their general location and salary information.

Pipe Welder Job in New York can pay $16.00 - $32.00 / hour

Certified Welder Job in California can pay $18.00 - $25.00 / hour

TIG Welder (Aerospace) Job in Arizona can pay $20.00 - $30.00 / hour

Welder/Fabricator Job in Wisconsin can pay $40,000.00 - $55,000.00 / year

TIG Welder Job in California can pay $52,000.00 - $72,800.00 / year

Pipe Fitter/Welder Job in Texas can pay $52,000.00 - $72,800.00 / year

Welders & Fabricator Job, Pressure Vessel Manufacturing in Florida can pay $25.00 - $30.00 / hour

Fitter/Fabricator Job in Georgia can pay $19.00 - $25.00 / hour

Welder (Mig, Tig, Stick) Job in Illinois can pay $18.00 - $24.00 / hour

Pipe Welder Job in Virginia can pay $28.00 - $30.00 / hour

Welder Job in Pennsylvania can pay $25.12/ hour


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, on the internet here. (visited June 23, 2020)

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