Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for welders in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 402,333 welders currently employed in the United States.
  • 6.1% of all welders are women, while 93.9% are men.
  • The average age of an employed welder is 40 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of welders is White (63.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (18.0%), Black or African American (10.0%) and Unknown (4.1%).
  • Welders are most in-demand in Houston, TX.
  • The automotive industry is the highest-paying for welders.
  • 3% of all welders are LGBT.

Welder Statistics By Gender

6.1% of welders are women and 93.9% of welders are men.

  • Male, 93.9%
  • Female, 6.1%

Welders By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male93.9%
Female6.1%

Gender Pay Gap For Welder

Women Earn 85¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$39,349
female-income
Female Income
$33,363

Welder Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Welder Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201093.96%6.04%
201194.10%5.90%
201293.12%6.88%
201393.72%6.28%
201493.93%6.07%
201594.45%5.55%
201694.27%5.73%
201794.10%5.90%
201893.37%6.63%
201993.10%6.90%
202093.14%6.86%
202193.91%6.09%

Welder Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, head machinist and die repair machinist have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Special Process Person31%69%
Welder94%6%
Research And Development Machinist99%1%
Die Repair Machinist99%1%
Head Machinist99%1%

Welder Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among welders is White, which makes up 63.2% of all welders. Comparatively, there are 18.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 63.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 18.0%
  • Black or African American, 10.0%
  • Unknown, 4.1%
  • Asian, 3.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.7%

Welder Race

Welder RacePercentages
White63.2%
Hispanic or Latino18.0%
Black or African American10.0%
Unknown4.1%
Asian3.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.7%

Welder Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among welders.

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

Welder Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201066.91%10.85%3.41%15.69%
201167.45%10.71%2.89%15.32%
201267.70%10.71%2.97%14.67%
201367.27%10.68%3.01%15.84%
201467.32%11.01%2.78%15.77%
201566.55%10.73%2.80%16.45%
201666.95%10.93%2.94%15.84%
201767.59%9.63%2.99%15.99%
201867.82%9.57%2.68%16.18%
201968.13%9.72%2.98%15.82%
202065.28%10.15%2.52%16.13%
202163.15%10.04%2.99%17.97%

Welder Wage Gap By Race

White welders have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american welders have the lowest average salary at $37,568.
$41,000
$40,000
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$38,986
White$40,446
Black or African American$37,568
Asian$40,162
Hispanic or Latino$39,649

Average Age of a Welder

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

Male
Female

Welder Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4446.5
Unknown3635.5
Asian5047
Hispanic or Latino4147
White3937
American Indian and Alaska Native39.5

Welder Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of welder employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of welders is 40+ years old, which represents 51% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Welder Age

Welder YearsPercentages
40+ years51%
30-40 years25%
20-30 years23%

Types of Welder Degree Levels

The most common degree for welders is high school diploma 46% of welders earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 18% and rounding it off is diploma with 17%.

  • High School Diploma, 46%
  • Associate, 18%
  • Diploma, 17%
  • Bachelors, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 13%

Welders By Education

Welder DegreePercentages
High School Diploma46%
Associate18%
Diploma17%
Bachelors6%
Other Degrees13%

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Welder Wage Gap By Education

Welders with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $42,470 annually. With a Associate degree, welders earn a median annual income of $40,732 compared to $39,491 for welders with an High School Diploma degree.
$43,000
$42,000
$41,000
$40,000
$39,000
High School Diploma or Less
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$39,491
Bachelor's Degree$42,470
Some College/ Associate Degree$40,732

Welder Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where welders work. We found most welders work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most welders is the manufacturing industry.

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Welder Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees5%
50 - 100 employees10%
100 - 500 employees24%
500 - 1,000 employees13%
1,000 - 10,000 employees31%
> 10,000 employees17%

The Types Of Companies Welder Work In

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

Education

Public

Private

Government

Welder Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public24%
Private73%
Government1%

Top Industries Hiring Welders

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

Manufacturing

Professional

Construction

Transportation

Automotive

Welder Turnover And Employment Statistics

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 welders changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Welder Unemployment Rate By Year

YearWelder Unemployment Rate
201015.84%
201112.42%
201210.02%
20138.95%
20146.75%
20156.41%
20166.74%
20175.37%
20184.24%
20194.83%
20207.11%
20216.82%

The Average Number of Years That Welder Stay in a Job

By looking over 154,090 welders resumes, we figured out that the average welder enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 34%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Welder Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year34%
1-2 years32%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years12%
8-10 years4%
11+ years6%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Welders with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to welders.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Welder2.57%-
Plastic Tool Maker2.99%14,497
Induction Heat Treater3.20%196
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist3.26%32,345
Buckshot Swage Operator3.27%26,104
Router Machine Operator5.87%56,628
Drill Grinder6.48%870

Welder LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Plastic Tool Maker2.99%14,497
Induction Heat Treater3.20%196
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist3.26%32,345
Buckshot Swage Operator3.27%26,104
Router Machine Operator5.87%56,628
Drill Grinder6.48%870

Foreign Languages Spoken By Welders

The most common foreign language among welders is Spanish at 75.8%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 3.4% and Polish is the third-most popular at 3.2%.

  • Spanish, 75.8%
  • French, 3.4%
  • Polish, 3.2%
  • Carrier, 2.3%
  • Russian, 2.3%
  • Other, 13.0%

Welder Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish75.8%
French3.4%
Polish3.2%
Carrier2.3%
Russian2.3%
Other13.0%

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Welder Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a welder can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of welders is $57,970. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Welders Earn The Most?

Welders earn the most in Massachusetts, where the average welder salary is $53,090. The map here shows where welders earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Welders In High Demand?

Welders are in high demand in Houston, TX. There are currently 47 job openings for welders here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country welders are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Welder Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Welders Are Female?

7.7% of welders are female in the United States. This is 0.3 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female welders has increased by 1.0 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 32,236 female welders in the U.S. and 386,423 male welders in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 418,659 people with the specific job title of welder and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Welder Are There In The Us?

There are over 402,333 Welders in the United States.

What Percentage Of Welders Are Black?

10.0% of Welders are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Welders?

Most a are White, with 63.2% of Welders belonging to this ethnicity. 18.0% of Welders are Hispanic or Latino, 10.0% of Welders are Black or African American, 4.1% of Welders are Unknown, 3.0% of Welders are Asian, and 1.7% of Welders are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Welder Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Welder jobs are male - dominated. 93% of Welders are male, and 6% are female, so there are more male Welders than female Welders in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Welder?

The average Welder is 40 years old. 51% of Welders are 40+ years old or older, 25% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 23% are between 20-30 years old

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