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Welder salary in California

How much does a Welder make in California?

Average base salary

as national average
Average $24.14
Low $14.17
High $41.10
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a welder is $24.14 per hour in California. 1.7k salaries reported, updated at November 29, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in California

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 California

  1. Pacific Gas and Electric
    1,014 reviews15 salaries reported
    $53.33per hour
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Highest paying cities for Welders near California

  1. San Jose, CA
    $31.99 per hour
    7 salaries reported
  2. Fremont, CA
    $30.94 per hour
    12 salaries reported
  3. Los Angeles, CA
    $30.39 per hour
    23 salaries reported
  1. Bakersfield, CA
    $29.11 per hour
    47 salaries reported
  2. Hayward, CA
    $25.15 per hour
    32 salaries reported
  3. Anaheim, CA
    $22.98 per hour
    44 salaries reported
  1. Fontana, CA
    $21.98 per hour
    10 salaries reported
  2. Sacramento, CA
    $21.82 per hour
    199 salaries reported
  3. Riverside, CA
    $21.67 per hour
    18 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 $24.14 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

Ultra Clean Holdings
California Correctional Institution
Johansing Iron Works
Therm-X of California
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Top schools offering Certified Welding Inspector

American Welding Society

8 reviews
Top skills
Oil & Gas Experience

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 California?


Job openings

Average $22.91 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?

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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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