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Welder salary in United States

How much does a Welder make in the United States?

Average base salary

$22.59
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a welder is $22.59 per hour in the United States. 28.8k salaries reported, updated at August 16, 2022.

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer hour
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Welders in United States

  1. Bechtel
    4.1star
    3319 reviews5 salaries reported
    $43.94per hour
  2. $31.10per hour
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Highest paying cities for Welders in United States

  1. Jacksonville, FL
    $21.69 per hour
    92 salaries reported
  2. Oklahoma City, OK
    $21.67 per hour
    191 salaries reported
  3. Holland, MI
    $19.87 per hour
    164 salaries reported
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Where can a Welder earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Welders

Most recommended certification

Certified Welding Inspector

earn +35.06% more

The jobs requiring this certification have decrease by 3.23% since 2018. Welders with this certification earn +35.06% more than the average base salary, which is $22.59 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
201237increase by 37
201349increase by 32.43%
201432decrease by 34.69%
201525decrease by 21.88%
201625decrease by 0.00%
201729increase by 16.00%
201831increase by 6.90%
201930decrease by 3.23%

Top companies hiring Welders with the recommended certification

Hunt, Guillot & Associates, LLC
Vigor Marine, LLC
Caterpillar
Metso Outotec
Epic Piping
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Top schools offering Certified Welding Inspector

Atlas API Training

5 reviews
Top skills
Oil & Gas Experience
+29.17%salary

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top CertificationsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
191 jobs257
32 jobs45
5 jobs9
396 jobs659
28 jobs38
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Most common benefits for Welders

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 12,540 ratings

55% of Welders in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Fitter

2,727 job openings

Average $24.05 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Welder

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a welder?

If you’re unsure about what salary is appropriate for a welder, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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What kind of welders get paid the most?

Those welders who are paid the most include:

  • Pipe welder
  • Aerospace welder
  • Military support welder
  • Underwater welder
  • Certified welding supervisor
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Do welders make good money?

Salaries are dependent on how skilled a welder is and the type of workplace, however, specialized welders can earn over $100,000 a year.

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