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Welder Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$36,000
$28,000
$36,000
$45,000
Welders in the United States make an average salary of $36,354 per year or $17.48 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $28,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $45,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Nevada, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Connecticut provide the highest welder salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Woburn, MA
$42,450
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Map of Welder Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Welders earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Welder Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Nevada, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for welders. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Kentucky, North Dakota, and Arkansas.

City
Average Salary
Woburn, MA
Woburn, MA
$42,450
$42k
Kearny, NJ
Kearny, NJ
$39,855
$40k
Appleton, WI
Appleton, WI
$35,887
$36k

High Paying Welder Jobs

Average Welder Salary By Company

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 City of Los Angeles and Leggett & Platt as they offer the highest salaries for welders.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Welder Salary History

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    Average Welder Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, welder salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that technology, retail, and automotive companies tend to offer much higher salaries for welders. For example, welders make a whopping average salary of $37,237 while working for technology companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $37,005 at retail companies and $36,919 at automotive companies. But welders may want to avoid working in the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $35,971.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Technology
    Technology
    $37,237
    $37k
    Retail
    Retail
    $37,005
    $37k
    Automotive
    Automotive
    $36,919
    $37k
    Energy
    Energy
    $36,785
    $37k
    Construction
    Construction
    $36,506
    $37k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $35,971
    $36k

    Welder Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a 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.

    Recently Added Welder Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Aidt
    Aidt
    Welder
    Welder
    Welder
    Madison, AL
    Madison, AL
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $45,914
    $45,914
    10/31/2020
    Yager Materials
    Yager Materials
    Welder
    Welder
    Welder
    Owensboro, KY
    Owensboro, KY
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $43,827
    $43,827
    10/31/2020
    Hirelevel
    Hirelevel
    Welder
    Welder
    Welder
    Marion, IL
    Marion, IL
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $25,044
    $25,044
    10/30/2020
    Hirelevel
    Hirelevel
    Welder
    Welder
    Welder
    Saint Charles, MO
    Saint Charles, MO
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $41,740
    $41,740
    10/30/2020
    Welder
    Welder
    Garden City, NY
    Garden City, NY
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $52,175
    $52,175
    10/30/2020
    Welder-John Deere
    Welder-John Deere
    Greeneville, TN
    Greeneville, TN
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/29/2020
    Essential Personnel, Inc.
    Essential Personnel, Inc.
    Welder
    Welder
    Welder
    Grand Island, NE
    Grand Island, NE
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $29,218
    $29,218
    10/29/2020
    QPS Employment Group
    QPS Employment Group
    Welder/Fabricator
    Welder/Fabricator
    Welder/Fabricator
    Mason City, IA
    Mason City, IA
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $33,392
    $33,392
    10/29/2020
    Selecsource
    Selecsource
    Welder
    Welder
    Welder
    Flowery Branch, GA
    Flowery Branch, GA
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $33,392
    $33,392
    10/29/2020
    Stand-By Personnel
    Stand-By Personnel
    Header Welder
    Header Welder
    Header Welder
    Tulsa, OK
    Tulsa, OK
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $50,088
    $50,088
    10/28/2020