Pipe Welder Statistics in the US

The average employee age for pipe welders is 40 years. The pipe welder workforce reached a whopping 290,670 in 2020!

Among pipe welders, we discovered that 5.4% of them are women, while 92.1% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among pipe welders is White, which makes up 67.9% of all pipe welders. Comparatively, there are 15.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Pipe welders are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, pipe welders are more likely to find a job in the construction industry.

From where do we know all information about pipe welder demographics? We analyzed 13,992 pipe welders resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Pipe Welder Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as pipe welders. Keep reading to find out what the results for pipe welders were.

Pipe Welder Gender Ratio

Among pipe welders, 5.4% of them are women compared to 92.1% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 92.1%
  • Female, 5.4%
  • Unknown, 2.5%

Pipe Welder Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among pipe welders is White, which makes up 67.9% of all pipe welders. Comparatively, there are 15.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 67.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 15.8%
  • Black or African American, 10.4%
  • Asian, 2.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.0%
  • Unknown, 1.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Pipe Welders

The chart below shows that 70.8% of pipe welders speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 5.6% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 4.2%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 70.8%
  • French, 5.6%
  • Arabic, 4.2%
  • Portuguese, 2.8%
  • Polish, 2.8%
  • Other, 13.8%

Pipe Welder Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among pipe welders.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Pipe Welder Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the pipe welder position over time.


Pipe Welder Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of pipe welders changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of pipe welders based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Pipe Welder

By looking over 13,992 pipe welders resumes, we figured out that the average pipe welder enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 43%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Pipe Welder Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of pipe welder employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of pipe welders is 40+ years old, which represents 52% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Pipe Welders with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, mechanic, welder, truck driver and engine lathe operator have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Special Process Person30%63%
Pipe Welder92%5%
Die Repair Machinist96%2%
Engine Lathe Operator98%2%
Mechanic, Welder, Truck Driver99%1%
Mechanic, Welder, Truck Driver
Engine Lathe Operator
Die Repair Machinist
Pipe Welder
Special Process Person

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Pipe Welder?

Male Income
Female Income

Pipe Welder Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Pipe Welder Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
High School Diploma or Less$46,188
Some College/ Associate Degree$47,251
Bachelor's Degree$47,586

Pipe Welder Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree

    Pipe Welder Heatmaps

    The amount you can make as a pipe welder can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of pipe welders is $57,542. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

    Where Do Pipe Welders Earn The Most?

    The map here shows where pipe welders earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

    Average Salary

    Where Are Pipe Welders Located?

    By looking through more than 13,992 resumes, we found that the most popular places for pipe welders are TX, Houston and MS, Pascagoula.

    Number of Pipe Welders

    Where Are Pipe Welders In High Demand?

    We looked over job openings to determine where in the country pipe welders are in the most demand.

    Jobs Openings

    Pipe Welder Employment Statistics

    This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ pipe welders. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most pipe welders is the construction industry.

    Company Size

    We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire pipe welders.

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    < 50 employees

    50 - 100 employees

    100 - 500 employees

    500 - 1,000 employees

    1,000 - 10,000 employees

    > 10,000

    The Types Of Companies Pipe Welder Work In

    Employees with the pipe welder job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most pipe welders prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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    Industry Concentration

    Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ pipe welders. Those industries include construction, manufacturing and professional.

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