Updated August 18, 2021
Average Pipe Welder Salary
$44,000 yearly
$21.50 hourly

Entry level Salary
$34,000 yearly
$34,000
10 %
$44,000
Median
$57,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$57,000$4,750$27
75th Percentile$51,000$4,250$25
Average$44,722$3,727$22
25th Percentile$39,000$3,250$19
10th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16

Average Pipe Welder Salary By State

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Pipe Welder average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$42,255$20.3153
Alaska$58,889$28.3116
Arizona$47,126$22.6657
Arkansas$39,065$18.7826
California$57,317$27.56257
Colorado$48,225$23.1931
Connecticut$61,425$29.5315
Delaware$60,513$29.096
District of Columbia$59,532$28.62
Florida$40,207$19.33156
Georgia$42,599$20.4893
Hawaii$50,024$24.053
Idaho$46,781$22.4915
Illinois$45,397$21.83135
Indiana$44,221$21.26153
Iowa$43,347$20.84115
Kansas$46,062$22.1542
Kentucky$43,742$21.0361
Louisiana$52,806$25.3957
Maine$45,569$21.9124
Maryland$54,289$26.1027
Massachusetts$57,588$27.6945
Michigan$44,395$21.3492
Minnesota$50,192$24.13135
Mississippi$50,143$24.1145
Missouri$42,675$20.5265
Montana$48,945$23.539
Nebraska$43,457$20.8944
Nevada$55,015$26.4514
New Hampshire$50,017$24.054
New Jersey$55,927$26.8932
New Mexico$52,136$25.075
New York$50,484$24.2767
North Carolina$45,449$21.85122
North Dakota$52,786$25.3820
Ohio$40,639$19.54129
Oklahoma$43,803$21.0647
Oregon$56,884$27.3568
Pennsylvania$48,974$23.55128
Rhode Island$59,902$28.8014
South Carolina$44,741$21.5153
South Dakota$46,063$22.1520
Tennessee$44,183$21.2487
Texas$44,799$21.54181
Utah$48,264$23.2028
Vermont$55,318$26.603
Virginia$53,807$25.87105
Washington$63,893$30.7292
West Virginia$49,502$23.807
Wisconsin$51,850$24.93161
Wyoming$33,872$16.285

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Highest Paying Cities For Pipe Welder

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
Norwich, CT$61,245$29.44
Ontario, CA$55,781$26.82
Newport News, VA$53,712$25.82
Pleasant Grove, UT$47,909$23.03
Chandler, AZ$47,083$22.64
Raleigh, NC$45,926$22.08

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How much does a Pipe Welder make?

The average Pipe Welder salary is $44,722 per year, or $21.5 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $34,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $57,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Alaska provide the highest Pipe Welder salaries.

Average Pipe Welder Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$44,700$21.50+2.8%
    2021$43,500$20.91+2.1%
    2020$42,600$20.47+3.1%
    2019$41,200$19.82+1.9%
    2018$40,400$19.44+1.9%

    How Much Do Pipe Welders Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, Pipe Welder salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that Energy, Technology, and Manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for Pipe Welders. For example, Pipe Welders make a whopping average salary of $58,382 while working for Energy companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $54,430 at Technology companies and $50,522 at Manufacturing companies. But Pipe Welders may want to avoid working in the Construction industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $49,330.
    RankIndustryAverage Pipe Welder SalaryPipe Welder Salary Range
    1Energy
    $58,382
    $44k
    $66k
    2Technology
    $54,430
    $44k
    $66k
    3Manufacturing
    $50,522
    $44k
    $66k
    4Construction
    $49,330
    $44k
    $66k

    High Paying Pipe Welder Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Fabricator

    Avg. salary: $33,013

    A fabricator specializes in manufacturing and assembling equipment or devices, ensuring every product's quality and efficiency. There are instances when a fabricator is required to make multiple gears, conduct verification processes on product schematics and specifications, perform quality control inspections, and test the product in different environments. Furthermore, a fabricator needs to coordinate with all workforce members to remain informed on any changes or updates in the production operations while adhering to the company's policies and safety standards.
    5,757 Fabricator Jobs
    Ship Fitter

    Avg. salary: $38,788

    Ship fitters are civilian or enlisted people who work on materials like high yield strength steel and high-tensile steel. These people fabricate, assemble, and build structural parts of ships. They are the ones who coordinate a fixed tank working on ships and submarines, as well as the sonar dome work. They serve as part of a team composing shipbuilders. It is their duty to lead and assist in welding copper, PVC, flange piping, and steel. They should also refurbish the older rigs with advanced technologies.
    12,492 Ship Fitter Jobs
    Welder Fitter

    Avg. salary: $35,253

    A Welder Fitter specializes in manipulating steel, aluminum, and other materials into various industries' structural forms. The majority of a welder's responsibilities are mostly manual work, which can have risks as they use torches or lasers for their daily tasks, and there are also instances when they have to climb high structures. Furthermore, a Welder Fitter must have keen attention to detail and communication skills as they must coordinate with fellow workers most of the time.
    6,376 Welder Fitter Jobs
    Structural Welder

    Avg. salary: $42,835

    The job of structural welders is to design, layout, and fabricate the metal framework for industrial and commercial buildings. They work for a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, shipbuilding, and construction. Their duties and responsibilities include testing welding and safety equipment, cutting, assembling, repairing building components such as girders and beams, and checking for gap and angle allowances. They either use manual or automated equipment to perform some of these tasks, such as power saws for cutting metals. Structural welders are also responsible for assessing the condition of the equipment.
    7,360 Structural Welder Jobs
    Welder Helper

    Avg. salary: $25,056

    A welder helper's role is to perform support tasks for lead welders at a construction site or similar setting. Their responsibilities primarily revolve around setting up and preparing rigs, operating devices and tools, maintaining the workspace's cleanliness, and following orders from lead welders. There may also be instances where a welder helper must pre-heat materials, lift heavy objects, participate in loading and unloading packages, and ensure that the welders are equipped with the necessary tools. Furthermore, it is essential to coordinate with managers and adhere to the site's safety regulations and policies.
    16,311 Welder Helper Jobs
    Millwright/Welder

    Avg. salary: $50,087

    A Millwright/Welder installs, dismantles, repairs, and moves machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites. They cut and join metals and other materials.
    6,294 Millwright/Welder Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Fabricator$33,014$2,751$15.875,757
    Ship Fitter$38,788$3,232$18.6512,492
    Welder Fitter$35,254$2,938$16.956,376
    Structural Welder$42,836$3,570$20.597,360
    Welder Helper$25,056$2,088$12.0516,311
    Millwright/Welder$50,088$4,174$24.086,294
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    Pipe Welder Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a Pipe Welder can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
    Experience LevelAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
    Entry Level$29,700$14.26
    Mid Level$41,200$19.81
    Senior Level$57,500$27.66

    Which Companies Pay Pipe Welders The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like EMCOR Group and Sundt Construction as they offer the highest salaries for Pipe Welders.
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    Recently Added Pipe Welder Salaries

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    AerotekPipe WelderBurlington, NC12/21/2021$50,088
    AerotekPipe WelderBurlington, NC12/21/2021$50,088
    CCS Construction StaffingPipe WeldersNewport News, VA12/13/2021$45,914
    CCS Construction StaffingPipe WeldersNewport News, VA12/13/2021$45,914
    CCS Construction StaffingPipe Welders)Winterville, NC12/10/2021$45,914
    CCS Construction StaffingPipe Welders)Winterville, NC12/10/2021$45,914
    HKA EnterprisesPipe WelderMobile, AL12/03/2021$58,436
    CCS Construction StaffingPipe Welder)Clarksville, TN12/03/2021$45,914
    HKA EnterprisesPipe WelderMobile, AL12/03/2021$58,436
    CCS Construction StaffingPipe Welder)Clarksville, TN12/03/2021$45,914

    Average Pipe Welder Salary by Demographic

    Pipe Welder Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $44,346
    female-income
    Female Income
    $39,115
    GenderIncome
    Male$44,346
    Female$39,115
    Median Pipe Welder Income by Race
    White Pipe Welders have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Pipe Welders have the lowest average salary at $40,837.
    $45,000
    $36,000
    $27,000
    $18,000
    $9,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$42,803
    Black or African American$40,837
    Asian$41,889
    Hispanic or Latino$42,036
    Average Pipe Welder Salary by Education Level
    Pipe Welders with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $46,477 annually. With a Associate degree, Pipe Welders earn a median annual income of $46,061 compared to $44,346 for Pipe Welders with an High School Diploma degree.
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    $30,000
    $20,000
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    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    EducationSalary
    High School Diploma or Less$44,346
    Some College/ Associate Degree$46,061
    Bachelor's Degree$46,477