Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
314,260 0.8 % $17.96 $37,370 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.51 $13.87 $17.04 $21.01 $25.82
Annual Wage (2) $23,940 $28,840 $35,450 $43,700 $53,690


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 39,960 12.31 $16.35 $34,000
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 19,410 9.73 $17.42 $36,220
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 14,350 8.31 $17.54 $36,480
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 13,140 12.47 $15.72 $32,690
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 13,060 5.85 $17.41 $36,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 12,280 14.51 $17.23 $35,840
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 13,140 12.47 $15.72 $32,690
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 39,960 12.31 $16.35 $34,000
Ship and Boat Building 12,630 10.08 $19.23 $40,010
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 19,410 9.73 $17.42 $36,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 70 0.05 $31.10 $64,690
Natural Gas Distribution 840 0.78 $28.48 $59,230
Land Subdivision 30 0.06 $28.40 $59,060
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,530 0.39 $27.81 $57,840
Scheduled Air Transportation 110 0.03 $27.78 $57,780


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 44,380 4.40 1.78 $18.02 $37,470
California 21,180 1.51 0.61 $18.89 $39,290
Pennsylvania 13,630 2.49 1.01 $17.43 $36,250
Louisiana 13,600 7.42 3.00 $19.98 $41,550
Illinois 13,600 2.46 1.00 $17.77 $36,960




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 2,250 8.34 3.37 $23.79 $49,490
Louisiana 13,600 7.42 3.00 $19.98 $41,550
Oklahoma 9,870 6.66 2.69 $16.77 $34,880
Mississippi 6,170 5.77 2.33 $17.77 $36,960
North Dakota 2,030 5.72 2.31 $18.67 $38,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 720 2.34 0.95 $31.85 $66,260
Hawaii 460 0.81 0.33 $25.92 $53,910
Wyoming 2,250 8.34 3.37 $23.79 $49,490
District of Columbia 150 0.23 0.09 $23.53 $48,950
Nevada 1,480 1.33 0.54 $21.60 $44,920

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 15,520 6.22 2.51 $18.83 $39,160
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 6,060 1.71 0.69 $17.11 $35,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,610 1.47 0.60 $17.73 $36,870
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,650 2.32 0.94 $16.95 $35,250
Tulsa, OK 3,850 9.46 3.83 $17.61 $36,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,750 2.24 0.90 $20.50 $42,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,540 1.61 0.65 $16.60 $34,530
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 3,420 4.12 1.67 $16.02 $33,320
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 3,400 6.74 2.73 $20.07 $41,740
Pittsburgh, PA 2,900 2.66 1.07 $16.86 $35,060




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 2,270 25.18 10.18 $18.98 $39,480
Odessa, TX 800 14.11 5.71 $21.52 $44,770
Casper, WY 530 14.03 5.67 $20.93 $43,530
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,770 11.40 4.61 $23.59 $49,070
Longview, TX 1,040 11.34 4.59 $16.72 $34,770
Farmington, NM 500 10.38 4.20 $21.60 $44,920
Anniston-Oxford, AL 450 9.96 4.03 $20.49 $42,620
Corpus Christi, TX 1,720 9.91 4.01 $17.45 $36,290
Tulsa, OK 3,850 9.46 3.83 $17.61 $36,620
Wausau, WI 590 9.17 3.71 $19.02 $39,560