What does a Welder do?

Welders use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts, or to fill holes, indentations, or seams in metal products. They apply heat to metal pieces and by melting and fusing them, they form a new and permanent bond.

Welders are used in various fields including aerospace, manufacturing, and shipbuilding. Welders take various metal components and fuse them together using intense heat to form the final and desired product. They operate and maintain the machinery that fabricates and repairs metal structures, equipment, or machines. Welders read and interpret diagrams, sketches, and blueprints and determine a project’s required materials and time frame. They set up, operate, and maintain the welding equipment and understand and implement personal safety codes and company safety measures by wearing specialized gear and communicating safely and clearly with the essential workers on their team, customers, and clients. Most welders attend a technical school or community college program to learn their trade and to gain certification.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
19%
2 - 4
36%
5 - 7
5%
8+
40%

Common Skill Sets

Stick
Smaw
Strong WORK Ethic
MIG Welding
FCAW
3G
GTAW
Threading

Welder Seniority Levels

L2
Welder
$42,150/yr
L3
Senior Welder
$51,382/yr
L4
Lead Welder
$46,725/yr
Machine Operator
11% made the transition
Machinist
7% made the transition
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Welder Salaries

Average Base Pay

$42,150 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$29K
Median: $42K
$62K
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