How much does a Welder make in the United States?

18.7k salaries reported, updated at July 31, 2021
$18.19
per hour

The average salary for a welder is $18.19 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Employee assistance program
  • Disability insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Professional development assistance
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for welders

Most recommended certification

Certified Welding Inspector

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 $18.19 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%

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Information tooltip for top certifications.Top certificationsCertified Welding Inspector+35.06%salary
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Certified Welding Inspector
+35.06%
257Company icon
OSHA 10
+19.34%
45Company icon
NDT Level II
+42.43%
9Company icon
Welding Certification
+6.51%
659Company icon
TWIC Card
+31.86%
38Company icon
Information tooltip for top skills.Top skillsOil & Gas Experience+29.17%salary
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Oil & Gas Experience
+29.17%
21Company icon
Auto Body Repair
+23.47%
5Company icon
Robot Programming
+9.52%
244Company icon

Most common benefits for Welders

  • Employee assistance program
  • Disability insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Life insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Parental leave
  • Tuition reimbursement
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Salary satisfaction

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

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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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